Council proposes changes to library opening times
Ref: PR 8247
Wakefield Council is asking residents for their views on proposed changes to opening hours at Council libraries.
The Council is proposing to reduce the opening hours at all 13 of its libraries in order to make a saving of £150k as identified in this year's budget savings.
Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "The financial challenge facing the Council is huge. We simply have no choice but to reduce our spending so we have been looking at ways that we can make savings but still provide the important services that residents need."
This year the Council needs to save £27m, this is on top of the £119m that has already been cut from the Council's budget since 2011.
Cllr Shaw added: "This is why we are proposing to reduce the opening hours at our libraries, to save money but still ensure that library services are provided across the district. We are proposing to reduce the hours at typically less busy times of day to help minimise the impact this will have on library customers.
"By reducing the opening hours of the facilities we hope that we can continue to keep all the facilities open, help protect jobs and still offer our customers an excellent service.
"We are asking all residents to take part in the consultation so that any changes that are implemented will cause the least amount of disruption."
The consultation starts on Wednesday 8 June until Wednesday 22 June. People can take part online at www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries or by completing a questionnaire available at all Council libraries.
The proposals will reduce the numbers of hours that libraries are open from 531 to 474.5 hours. Most libraries would see slightly later opening times or slightly earlier closing times on some of their less busy days.
The changes are being proposed at Airedale, Castleford, Featherstone, Hemsworth, Horbury, Knottingley, Normanton, Ossett, Pontefract, Sandal, South Elmsall, Stanley and the Wakefield One library.
Full details of the proposed changes to all the opening hours are detailed in the questionnaires at www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries