Still no clear ideas to save library

PUBLISHED: 10:36 07 July 2014

Budleigh Salterton Library.

Budleigh Salterton Library.

Archant

Budleigh’s civic leaders say they do not yet have any workable ideas to safeguard the future of the town’s library.

Devon County Council is seeking greater community involvement in the service, as it looks to save money.

When the consultation started on the county council’s plans, Budleigh Salterton Town Council invited residents to suggest ideas that could secure the library’s future.

However, although the town council has received a number of suggestions, ranging from new reading groups and computer classes to a new café or multi-storey building, none are thought to meet with the county council’s requirements.

Town mayor Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt said: “I think these are ideas perhaps for once the library’s been saved, rather than ideas to save the library.

“At the end of the day, we haven’t got anything we can go back with and say ‘this is our proposal to save the library’.”

Councillor Chris Kitson said: “When [Devon libraries chief] Councillor Roger Croad came here it was quite clear £35,000 was the figure we are looking for to sustain the library service. If I look at these suggestions I don’t see a lot of money coming in.”

The county council is consulting on the future of all its libraries, with the 28 smallest, including Budleigh, at risk of closure, if more community involvement is not found, although county chiefs insist they are not running a closure programme.

County councillor Christine Channon suggested to town councillors that a trust could be set up, and said a potential example to follow could be that of Colyton Library, where the Friends of Colyton Library group is involved in running services with volunteers.

However, the town council subsequently found that Colyton, a small village library, would not be a suitable model to follow.

Cllr Sismore-Hunt added that the town council was still open to ideas, and hopeful that a solution could be found.

Devon County Council’s library consultation is running until Thursday, July 17.

Other News Stories

Barbara Stratton-Knott, from Budleigh, was given the award after a vote by her fellow members.

Read more

Ride is situated in Beach Gardens on Exmouth seafront

Read more
12:25

Wheel or no wheel? Tell us what you think about the new 28-metre-high observation wheel on Exmouth seafront.

Read more

Police searched an Exmouth caravan on Wednesday (July 26) and found drugs and cash believed to be worth between £35,000 and £40,000.

Read more
10:34

Making the news in the Exmouth Journal on this week in 1944.

Read more
10:29

Abbie Clarke, 11, has raised £2,000 for a light sensory centre for Honeylands Children’s Charity in Exeter.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00

Withycombe Raleigh Primary School held a special event ro re-launch the open-air facility.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:22

Exmouth seafront is getting a new temporary landmark – a 28-metre-high observation wheel.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

A social group looking to help each other exercise has been set up in Exmouth.

Read more
Tue, 14:16

A 42-year-old rough sleeper, who was found with a knife after a fight where an Exmouth teenager was injured, has been spared jail and ordered to sort out his alcohol problem.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications