Are half of Devon's libraries set to close?

This is The West Country: Are half of Devon's libraries set to close? Are half of Devon's libraries set to close?

Proposals seen by the BBC suggest that half of Devon's libraries could close.

The Devon County Council briefing paper, lists 28 public libraries in Devon where communities will be asked to take over services after much of the council support is removed.

The remaining 22 libraries, which would be know as known as Devon Centres would be kept under council control and expand the services they offer, with adult learning classes, cafes and business support services suggested.

The move is part of a bid to save an extra £1.5million 

Councillor Roger Croad, the Devon County Council lead on libraries told the BBC: "This is not a closure programme, I can absolutely assure you we are committed as a county council to libraries, we think libraries are great.

"We just need to evolve the way we support them and move forward."

The BBC say the libraries under threat are.

  • Appledore
  • Ashburton
  • Axminster
  • Bampton
  • Bovey Tracey
  • Braunton
  • Buckfastleigh
  • Budleigh Salterton
  • Chagford
  • Chudleigh
  • Chumleigh
  • Clyst Vale
  • Colyton
  • Combe Martin
  • Dartmouth
  • Kingskerswell
  • Kingsteignton
  • Lynton
  • Moretonhampstead
  • Northam
  • Ottery St Mary
  • Pinhoe
  • Princetown
  • Salcombe
  • St Thomas
  • Stoke Fleming
  • Topsham
  • Uffculme

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4:28pm Wed 2 Apr 14

coastwalker says...

One wonders what local government is for if it cant fill in potholes, empty bins or run library's. Maybe if services like Libraries have to be privatized then the other services ought to be too. Leave councils to just spend money on social workers etc and stop pretending that they provide any services to most tax payers.
One wonders what local government is for if it cant fill in potholes, empty bins or run library's. Maybe if services like Libraries have to be privatized then the other services ought to be too. Leave councils to just spend money on social workers etc and stop pretending that they provide any services to most tax payers. coastwalker
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