Last chance to have say on libraries

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Have your say

TIME is running out for residents to have their say on proposed changes to library opening times.

Facing cuts of nearly £190million, Durham County Council’s Labour cabinet has agreed to reduce opening times to 36 hours a week at 11 town-centre libraries and 20 hours a week at 27 community branches.

Mobile library services will also be cut, in a bid to save nearly £1.5million.

Now council chiefs are asking for people’s views on when each library should be open. A consultation will run until September 28.

People can take part by filling in a survey at their library, which will offer a number of hours options. Mobile library users are being sent questionnaires, which are also available from the mobile library.

Councillor Maria Plews, cabinet member for leisure, libraries and lifelong learning, said: “By making changes to our library service we will be able to keep all our libraries open.

“It is important that people who use the service are able to influence these changes, so I would encourage residents to have their say.”