Thursday, July 10, 2014
Supporters urged to send their ‘hands off’ message to the county council by July 17 deadline
Campaigners fighting to save Axminster Library are reminding residents that time is running out to have their say.
The deadline to complete the county council’s feedback form is next Wednesday (July 17) and the number of responses could be crucial in safeguarding services locally.
Jo Hawkins, Chairman of the Support Axminster Library group, is urging all residents to take part in the consultation.
She says people can fill in the feedback form on line at https://new.devon.gov.uk/libraryreview/ or use a paper version at the library.
She added: “Children and non-users can also complete the questionnaire and members of Support for Axminster Library are often on-hand in the library to help to complete the form - as some have found it confusing, to say the least.”
Devon county council is currently consulting with the public over major changes to its libraries as part of its “tough choices” proposals to reduce spending.
In the local area, the suggestion is to retain Seaton’s “larger” library as one of several “Devon Centres”, with salaried staff, whilst cutting Axminster’s funding by 50 per cent, which would result in the loss of paid staff.
But campaigners point out that Axminster is set to grow by some 50 per cent over the next 12 to 15 years – unlike Seaton whose expansion is limited.
They have also used the authority’s own figures to show how Axminster Library is actually the most cost efficient in Devon – yet has the least spend per person in the county.
Meanwhile there is a pop-up party being arranged at Axminster Library this Saturday (July 12th) from 10am to mark the end of the consultation period and to say thank you for local support.
The event is free to all and there will be a chalk drawing competition, refreshments and music.