23rd Jul, 2019

Petition to save Droitwich Library amasses hundreds of signatures

Harry Leach 12th Jan, 2019

A PETITION has been launched to ‘save Droitwich Library from closure’ in response to Worcestershire County Council’s library service needing to make savings of £1million this year.

So far more than 780 people have signed the online document started by Spa resident Henri Scott.

Mr Scott said on the page: “A library is a community hub which offers so much.

“Parents can take their children to read and sing there, people can access information through books or computers and it’s a place for groups to meet.”

He also believes Droitwich Library offers a place for lonely people to go to feel part of the community.

“We need to keep the library because if we let it go, we’ll never get it back.”

The county council has said no library in Worcestershire is considered ‘safe’ against future cuts.

Coun Lucy Hodgson has been holding various consultations across Worcestershire to speak to local residents and listen to their concerns.

She has made it clear that nothing is yet final and some libraries may just change rather than close down.

One idea mooted was the idea of an ‘Open Plus’ system where users enter libraries with a card and pin, similar to some gyms.

Coun Hodgson said: “At this point we’re not talking about any libraries closing down.

“Decisions on each one will be made later this year.”

Head to change.org/p/lucy-hodgson-save-droitwich-library or visit worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries or their local library to have their say as part of the consultation.

People have until the end of February to have their say on the libraries via the county council consultation. People can comment online at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20669/worcestershire_libraries_service_public_consultation_-_have_your_say  or by visiting their local library.

A final decision on the future of libraries will be made in the summer.

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