Monday, 11.30am: Peterborough City Council have agreed to reduce library opening hours as part of a cost saving scheme.
At the Town Hall meeting of the council’s cabinet this morning (25 March), a raft of measures were introduced to save £200,000 from the library service, including cutting hours, a reduction in £18,000 from the management budget and a reduction of £50,000 from the book budget.
The change in opening hours will affect the three larger libraries in the city - Bretton, Orton, Werrington and Central Library.
Each of Orton, Werrington and Bretton will now be closed on one weekday as well as Sunday. Opening hours at Central Library on Broadway in the city centre will also be cut.
However, despite the cuts to the larger libraries, smaller libraries, such as ones in Hampton and Woodston, and the mobile library service will not be affected.
The cabinet also agreed to approve a partnership with British Gas, which will see 600 new jobs created in the city, and help residents save money on their energy bills.