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Decisions To Be Made On Bridlington Libraries

Decisions To Be Made On Bridlington Libraries

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 7:00am 26th October 2016.

The next step on decisions to two libraries in Bridlington are set to be discussed in a Cabinet meeting next week.

Members of the East Riding of Yorkshire County Council's Cabinet will be asked to consider three recommendations for the future of the council's library service and multi-service centres at their meeting on Tuesday 1 November.

Following responses received after two rounds of public consultation on the future of the services, which included a specific proposal in the second stage of consultation, the Cabinet will not be asked to consider three recommendations which include:

  • Retaining a library or multi-service centre in every town and larger in the East Riding but with reduced opening hours
  • Retaining a mobile library service across the East Riding but with a reduced level of service
  • Retaining BOTH libraries in Bridlington, but reducing the opening hours

Darren Stevens, from the council said, 

"We ran two public consultations, one in late 2015 and one earlier this year and we received over 4000 reponses to the second consultation alone.

"We have listened to people's views throughout the process and the specific proposal we put forward forward was borne out of the views expressed in the first stage of consultation.

"People in Bridlington told us they wanted to keep North Bridlington Library open. Our proposal was to merge the two libraries in Bridlington in the town centre. We are now able to recommend keeping both libraries open for 25 hours a week each."

If agreed, the recommendations will save the council around £1.2 million, from the combined customer and service budgets. This would be achieved without closing a single library, multi-service centre or the mobile library service.

The revised schedule of stops for the mobile library service is recommended to be introduced from 1 October 2017.

As a result of the recommendation for Bridlington, the council's employment, education and skills team will be consolidated on the King Street site. The meeting room at North Bridlington library will continue to be available during and outside the recommended library opening hours, as it is now. 

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