Consultation over future of North Devon libraries

THE public are to be consulted on the future of libraries across North Devon within the next month as the potential for funding cuts looms.

Devon County Council has said it is committed to keeping libraries and records offices open, despite budget reductions, “by working with communities to reduce running costs and make savings.”

“No decisions have been made about how we will apply the budget allocations as we will shortly be asking residents for their suggestions and views on making the service more cost effective,” a spokesperson told the North Devon Gazette.

They said with reduction in national funding, the council was seeking to make savings of �54.6 million and no area could be immune from cuts.

The consultations will include every local library, as well as the Records Office at Barnstaple Library. The spokesperson said this would: “Ensure users and members of the public have an opportunity share their cost saving ideas and to tell us how they want to use these services in the future.”

They added: “Our residents’ opinions are important to us, and we welcome their involvement in this consultation, and their support in helping us identify ways of reducing our costs in order to retain our library and record office services.”

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