"Serious flaws" in Oxfordshire library plans

"Serious flaws" in Oxfordshire library plans

Oxfordshire library campaigners have claimed there are "major gaps" in the council's plans to make extensive use of volunteers in its library network.

Save Oxfordshire Libraries has asked for full costings for the job of recruiting, training and managing volunteers, details on how  responsibilities would be divided between volunteers and professional staff, and information on whether any alternative plans have been costed by the council. Judith Wardle, chair of the campaign group, told the Witney Gazette it wanted to offer its own proposals.

Meanwhile, the campaign group's analysis of the council's library proposal claimed it was "based on poorly referenced and explained data, on figures and a methodology that are seriously flawed, and falls below a standard for a public consultation document".

Council spokesman Marcus Mabberley said: “Oxfordshire County Council has a plan to keep all 43 libraries open while still making some savings to contribute to the difficult task of saving £119m over coming years. These proposals are under consultation and they are the council’s response to feedback received during the first part of 2011.

"Save Oxfordshire Libraries has responded to the consultation and have also asked some questions. We welcome their comments and will respond to their questions in due course.”