Knowsley Proposal to Cut Library Opening Times, Review Jobs

By on Monday, December 22, 2014

booksKnowsley Council have announced proposals to reduce opening hours at each of the borough’s five remaining libraries.

According to an undated letter from KMBC to library users, they plan to close Prescot, Halewood and Stockbridge Village libraries for an additional one-and-a-half days a week, and Huyton and Kirkby libraries for an additional two days.

For Prescot, this would mean going from a full five day a week to a part-time three-and-a-half. KMBC say the plans are due to government cutbacks of £34 million.

KMBC closed both Whiston and Page Moss libraries in March 2014. A plan to reopen Whiston with the help of Hugh Baird College fell through in April, although volunteers with Our Whiston Library, aka OWL, are still looking at alternative ways to save it as a library and community hub.

The council will also review jobs in the library service, and end its subscription to RNIB Talking Books Service for those registered blind.

In November, Knowsley announced 130 job losses, as well as major changes to the executive management structure, including a replacement CEO.

Knowsley residents can give their opinion on the library proposals by emailing, or picking up a paper form at any of the borough’s libraries.

The deadline for feedback is Thursday 15 January 2015.


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