Have say on libraries 

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Libraries are under review

A 12-week consultation on the future of the library network in Bolton is coming to a close.

Residents have until midnight on Friday, May 20 to register their views via an online survey.

As part of the council’s programme to deliver savings of £60 million over two years, the Executive approved a review and reorganisation of the borough’s library service in January to potentially contribute £400,000 to £500,000 to those savings.

In February, the Executive Member for Adult Services approved three proposals for consultation.

These are:
• a review of the current library service using objective criteria
• the retention of the central library as the hub of the network
• the retention of the township libraries in Blackrod, Farnworth, Horwich, Little Lever and Westhoughton

The objective criteria include things such as closeness to other libraries, the condition of the building, deprivation factors and accessibility.

People filling in the survey have been asked which libraries they use currently, how any closures would impact on their lives and if they can suggest alternative ways of making the necessary savings.

Once the deadline has passed, the questionnaires will be analysed and the responses will form part of a report which will be considered by the Executive in the summer.

The report will include a series of recommendations relating to the future structure of the library network and the Executive will be asked to make a decision based on the findings of the report.

Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, said: “In order to achieve necessary savings across the library network, and ensure we maintain a library service which meets the needs of Bolton residents, we have asked for people’s views on how the new network could take shape.

“With a week left of the consultation period, there is still time for people to have their say. If they haven’t already, I would urge residents, staff, library users and partner organisations to go online and make their views known.”

Hard copies of the consultation pack are available on request at any of Bolton’s libraries or by calling 01204 333333.

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01204 332064
Further details
Bolton Council
01204 333333