Public meeting to discuss library plans

PUBLISHED: 09:32 12 November 2014 | UPDATED: 09:32 12 November 2014

Budleigh Salterton Library.

Budleigh Salterton Library.

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Budleigh residents are being invited to a meeting to have their say on a ‘21st Century’ library.

The meeting will hear from a steering group, set up after Devon County Council (DCC) announced that Budleigh Salterton Library was one of 28 which would have to find more local involvement in their services, or they risked ending.

The council has since announced plans to keep libraries open by working with community trusts.

The meeting, at the Public Hall tomorrow (Friday) at 7pm, will hear from Ciara Eastell, DCC’s head of libraries, who will explain more about how this could work, before Tom Dixon and Alex Odham explain the Budleigh steering group’s proposals. There will then be an open session for members of the public to have their say.

Budleigh county councillor Christine Channon said: “Tom and Alex will give a lead for a few ideas but we need your input. Our library, as good as it is, with wonderful staff, cannot be preserved in aspic.

“We need to move forward to the 21st Century. For example, the building is too small; we need more computer space, to be able to attract inward investment from business and commerce, to be able to use our library as a vibrant community hub. But we also need your ideas.”

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