Residents invited to have their say on library times

Have your say

LIBRARY users could be given the chance to decide on new opening hours.

Durham County Council’s Cabinet will next week be asked to approve proposals that would enable it to make required savings of £1.457million while ensuring all libraries can remain open.

The authority is proposing to reduce opening hours at its buildings and change its mobile library service as part of its work to save £159.2million by 2016.

A public consultation on the initial proposals ended in May and the feedback received has helped shape the recommendations Cabinet will consider when they meet on Wednesday.

Coun Maria Plews, cabinet member for leisure, libraries and lifelong learning, said: “With increased financial pressures due to Government spending reductions, we have no choice but to make changes to our service.

“However, it is essential that library users are able to play a part in shaping these changes. Public feedback has already influenced our proposals and, if these are agreed, library users will also get the opportunity to help decide new opening times.”

The council has 27 community and 12 town centre libraries, including Clayport, where opening hours have already been reduced.