Programme of meetings to debate future of libraries

Have your say

RESIDENTS in Cambridgeshire will get the chance to have their say on library cuts at a series of meetings held across the county starting next week.

Cambridgeshire County Council, as part of its budget reduction, is looking to save £3.2million from the libraries budget over the next five years.

The council says it wants to hear residents’ views on the future of library services as it aims to protect libraries as much as possible.

An extensive consultation was carried out with residents last year, during which it was made clear that the closure of libraries was not a desirable choice.

The council’s latest strategy said that library closures will only be considered as a last resort, but residents need to support their local services if they are to remain open.

The public information events will kick-off in Cambridge next Monday, before moving to Huntingdon Library between 7pm and 9pm on March 29, before March Library between 7pm and 9pm on April 6.

These will be followed by smaller consultation events in Yaxley, Sawtry and Warboys in April and May.