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Bristol Council does U-turn on library closures

Seven libraries in Bristol which looked set to close - could now be saved thanks to overwhelming opposition.

City Council were set to cut several libraries in an attempt to save over a million pounds. But this morning, new proposals were put forward - which councillors have heralded as a 'major victory'.

I have paid close attention to everything that has happened during the consultation process, fully understand the strong attachment people have to their local library and believe these new proposals reflect much of what we’ve heard.

Cabinet asked officers to prepare alternative proposals which reflect the consultation findings, recognising that these would result in a reduction in our savings target if adopted.

It will be our job at cabinet to look at how we make a decision which finds the balance between the major budget pressures and the strong attachment we all have to our library service.

There has been a great deal of passion shown for local libraries, with communities coming together to make strong, valid and heartfelt representations. I am pleased that viable alternatives have been set out for consideration by the cabinet to potential closures, and will consider all options carefully before I make the final decision.

– George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol


People asked how to save Devon's libraries

People asked how to save Devon's libraries Credit: ITV News West Country

People across Devon are being asked for their ideas to save the county's library service.

It's already faced cuts of three million pounds and must now find savings of another one-and-a-half million.

Twenty eight smaller libraries will have to find new ways of working if they're to stay open.

Mobile library service cuts

Mobile library services are being cut back in Devon. The county council says its libraries won't be stopping at 65 locations across Devon from April. The visits of the library will also change from fortnightly to monthly. It will save around £125,000 per year.

It's expected cutting back mobile library services in Devon will save £125,000 per year. Credit: ITV News West Country
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