Village library to close

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 August 2012

Banwell villagers launched a fight to save their library back in 2009.

Banwell villagers launched a fight to save their library back in 2009.

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BANWELL’S library will close at the end of the month – but Winscombe’s facility is set for a refurbishment.

North Somerset Council announced last year that Banwell’s library would be closed as part of a major overhaul of the authority’s library system.

It will be replaced by a mobile library, while significant repairs and improvements will be undertaken at Winscombe library.

At a meeting of Banwell Parish Council yesterday (Mon), Mandy Bishop from North Somerset’s development and environment directorate told councillors that the village’s West Street library will close on August 31.

Since the facility was first earmarked for closure in 2009 use has decreased by 58 per cent.

Computer use has also decreased 62 per cent.

A mobile library will visit the village’s West Street car park from 2-5pm each Thursday from September 6 onwards.

The computer facility at Banwell Children’s Centre will also remain, although parish councillors at Monday’s meeting were concerned about the decrease in computer services in the village which would be on offer from September.

Discussions over the potential refurbishment or relocation of Winscombe library have been ongoing for more than a year, but North Somerset has now decided to undertake major refurbishment on the Woodborough Road facility.

Although the work is not likely to be finalised for the next two months, the authority says it is ‘confident’ the solution will represent value for money and that it will mean a library service is retained in the area.


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