I have received the Conservatives leaflet today which of course mentions the Library situation. I will keep my own personal view of their tactics from this post but lets say they are playing deeply cynical politics over it.
I do support fully the retaining of the services at the library wherever possible and remembering the Council like all the Urban councils in the UK are facing the brunt of cuts in the UK.
Therefore I have put my views to the Library consultation HERE and I urge anyone with a view to do the same. As promised and unlike others I have suggested a solution. If we remember a few years ago the library was then threatened and costs were cut by –
– reduction of hours
– reduction of staff by voluntary measures
We can not do any more than that now and my information is the rent the library makes to the Collingwood Centre could be considered a peppercorn rent so little to save there.
My solution therefore is for users of the library to contribute a small fee every time it used. This could be in the form of a voluntary donation on a trial basis or say charges of £1-£2 per visit. It is vital the library is saved but every time there is a budget round it will be under threat when other core services have to be protected like education, social services etc.
There is only so much that can be cut before you are left with no alternatives.