Whiston Library under Threat of Closure

By on Thursday, July 4, 2013


Knowsley Council say Whiston Library will be transferred to community ownership and use in April 2014.

This effectively means Whiston Library will close unless members of the community find a way to run it themselves.

In a letter to library users dated 25 June 2013, Knowsley’s Director of Customer and Employee Services, Bernie Green, said government funding cuts had forced the council to make “some difficult decisions” to balance the budget.

“The council will continue to provide a mobile library service,” Mr Green wrote, and Whiston residents “will still be able to access council run library facilities in nearby Huyton and Prescot.”

Staff will have to find other jobs within Knowsley’s library service or face redundancy. Staff and users of Page Moss Library, also slated for community transfer or closure, face the same situation.

Knowsley Council have promised public meetings where residents and community groups can offer their ideas about how they can help run the libraries on a voluntary basis.

Prescot Online will update readers as soon as possible on dates of meetings. Meanwhile, you can email or write to Bernie Green yourself with comments and suggestions about the changes:

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