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Somerset Libraries Adrian Birch 2018-05-16 22:43:23

Time is running out to have your say

 

Anyone with an interest in Somerset’s libraries has one more month to take part in the County Council’s consultation on the future of its Library Service.

The consultation ends on Wednesday 13 June and more than 4,000 responses have been received so far.

Somerset County Council is keen for anyone yet to complete the questionnaire to go online at www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation, view the proposal on the future of the library they visit most often and give their feedback. Alternatively, complete the survey at your local library.

Decision makers want to know the impact potential changes to the library service would have on you, your family and communities. It also provides an opportunity to comment on the proposals and make alternative suggestions.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: “With just a month to go before the library consultation ends, I encourage anyone who has yet to have their say to complete a questionnaire and make their voice count. It’s important to us as many people as possible tell us their views on our proposals and how they may affect them before we make our final decision.”

A final decision on Somerset’s library service is expected later this year.

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For further information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or email pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

•           In total, nine area proposals are available to view covering proposals for each of Somerset’s 34 libraries.

•           The proposals show that for 12 libraries, there will be no change to the delivery of library services. These libraries include Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Frome, Glastonbury, Langport, Minehead, Taunton, Wells, Williton, Wincanton and Yeovil.

•           For 15 libraries, community support may be required to keep library buildings open. These include Bishops Lydeard, Bruton, Castle Cary, Highbridge, Milborne Port, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Porlock, Priorswood (Taunton), Somerton,South Petherton, Street, Sunningdale (Yeovil), Watchet and Wiveliscombe.

•           The proposals also highlight that seven library buildings may remain unchanged or may require community support to remain open. These include Cheddar, Crewkerne, Dulverton, Ilminster, Martock, Shepton Mallet and Wellington.

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Vacancy Notice Adrian Birch 2018-05-04 13:41:21

CREECH ST MICHAEL PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Casual Vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor on the Creech St Michael Parish Council.

Unless ten electors for the Parish give notice in writing by 4pm on Wednesday 30th May 2018 to the Returning Officer, The Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE, requesting that an election be held, the Parish Council will, at a Meeting to be held on June 4th at 7pm, fill the vacancy by the co-option of a new Councillor.

______________________

Clerk to the CSM Parish Council

23 John Grinter Way
Wellington
Somerset
TA21 9AR

Tel 01823 666295

Clerk@creechstmichael.net

Dated: 9th May 2018

[Please do contact the Parish Clerk if you would like to discuss this Voluntary opportunity soonest].

Mobile Library Adrian Birch 2018-05-02 18:32:24

Somerset Mobile Library
Please could I send my apologies to all our Somerset Mobile Library users. Unfortunately we have had a number of mechanical problems with our Mobile Library vehicle which has meant we have not been able to deliver our usual service across the County. We are working hard to resolve this issue and I am aware that for many of our customers it has been several weeks since you have received this service. Bad weather conditions with snow in February and March has also added to the difficulties.
We are committed to ensuring that we continue to support our customers so I wanted to suggest a couple of alternatives as an interim measure while we endeavour to get the vehicle back on the road.
1. Somerset Home Library Service – currently delivered through the Royal Voluntary Service. This service is mainly delivered to customers who are housebound, however we do support a number of people who are unable to travel or access a local Library. The service is delivered through a team of volunteers who will collect and deliver books for you. To access this service you can contact Kirsty Jensen (Service Manager) on 07920 250834. kirsty.Jenssen@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk
2. You can renew your books and download EBooks through the Libraries West Web site, please also see the range of new EMagazines available – www.Librarieswest.org.uk
3. Where possible we may also be able to offer something through your local Village Hall or Community Centre. We can look into the possibility of a book drop off and collection point supported by staff from a local Library. However this would need to be co-ordinated locally, perhaps through your Parish Council. This would only be available for the period of time where the Mobile Library is off the road. If you would like to pursue this option then please contact Mandy Lewis or Jon Wood (Library Managers) on 01823 340310
Once again please accept my apologies and be re-assured we are working hard to resolve this problem and to ensure the Mobile Library is back out and supporting our customers.
Sue Sheppard
Service Manager – Customers
Somerset Libraries