Bury Council has started a 12 week consultation with residents on the future of Ramsbottom Library and other libraries across Bury.
The consultation will run until 5th September 2016 with final proposals being drawn up before going to a second round of consultations between November 2016 and February 2017.
A final decision will be taken in March 2017 by Bury Council’s Cabinet.
During the consultation period some public meetings will be arranged and residents views will be sought.
A Council spokeman said: “The Council remains fully committed to retaining a high quality Library Service in the Borough but anticipates that there will need to be changes, including the possibility of a reduction in the number of libraries.”
The Council say that technology now exists which allows the introduction of partially staffed libraries, extended opening times and on-line services. They also invite members of the community to become Library Service volunteers.
Councillor Ian Bevan commented: “I am very concerned that this Labour-run Council kept details of a review of Ramsbottom Library under wraps during the recent local election. I have no doubt that it would have been an important election issue but they have, in my view, cynically waited for 4 weeks after the local elections before announcing it could be under threat of closure.”
“Bury Council have a duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964. Ramsbottom Library is also home to the Heritage Gallery, Adult Education Classes and a variety of other activities for families and children. As your local Councillors, we are strongly against losing such an important local asset in Ramsbottom and would urge local residents to have their say.”
Further details can be seen here: Libraries Consultation Final Report
Residents should visit the Council’s website to make a comment here: http://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=12184
Alternatively, please let us have your views here and we, as your local elected representatives, will pass them on to the consultation team: