Library cuts: latest round-up

Library cuts: latest round-up

<p>Hertfordshire, Cornwall and West Sussex are the latest councils to come under the spotlight for planned cuts to their public library service. </p><p>Hertfordshire has begun a consultation on efficiency savings, proposing a cutback of a third in library opening hours in a bid to avoid closures, according to a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-11626827">BBC report</a>.<br /><br />Council leader Robert Gordon said he planned &quot;to stagger opening hours so that, even when your most local library is closed, another relatively local one will be open.&quot; </p><p>Meanwhile Cornwall Council is set to discuss budget proposals today (27th October) involving potentially radical cuts to its library service. A document leaked to the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/10/cornwalls_cuts_budget.htm... last week suggested the proposals could reduce Cornwall&#39;s service to as few as &quot;nine key locations&quot;, with a potential 60 posts made redundant.</p><p>Five staff members are likely to go in the West Sussex library service, according to a report in <a href="http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/8461522.Sussex_library_staff_face_axe/">The Argus</a>.<br /><br />Other staff posts could suffer demotion, as part of a proposed restructure aimed at saving &pound;318,000 a year.</p>