Feedback invited on revised library hours proposal

  |  Published: Mar 2nd 2015

Residents are being asked for their feedback on proposed revisions to library opening hours in a six-week consultation launched today (Monday, March 2). 

Martin Phillips, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said pressures on the County Council's 2015/16 budget meant making savings in all areas and the Libraries Service needed to save £270,000.

He said the proposed revised opening hours would more closely match the times when most people used them.
'We're under enormous pressure from reduced government revenue support, and we have to balance people's needs with the way we spend their taxes,' said Martin.

'We are committed to delivering an efficient service and I know that if the new hours are informed by the views of our customers, then we'll be able to ensure value for money.'

The plan - reducing opening hours between 5.5 and 8.5 hrs a week - affects only the county-run branch libraries at Aylesbury, Amersham, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, Chesham, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Marlow, Micklefield and Princes Risborough.

Comments can be made via the County Council's Have Your Say web page or in writing at all libraries. 

Parish and town councils, along with Local Area Forums and community organisations, will also be canvassed for feedback.

'These are challenging times, yet my commitment remains as strong as ever to continue developing our libraries as active hubs in their communities,' said Martin. 

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