Bury the latest to consult on libraries

Bury the latest to consult on libraries

Bury Council has launched a consultation on the future of its library service as it looks to save £570,000 from its library budget.

Though it plans to keep all of its libraries open, four could be moved or co-located, while voluntary redundancy is being offered to the 120 staff across the Bury service, according to a report in the Prestwich and Whitefield Guide.

The council has suggested that two libraries be moved into nearby community centres, while two others are remodelled to make space for adult and disabled care facilities.

Jane Lewis, Bury Council’s cabinet member for leisure, tourism and culture, said: “We are hoping that staff reductions can be achieved through the voluntary route. We have already had a number of staff express an interest in that.” She added: “We have worked on the basic principal of keeping as much of the service as we possibly can.”

The council also plans more self-service points for its libraries.

It has now opened a consultation with a roadshow visiting libraries to explain the changes. People can submit comments to the council until 24th May.