Halton's libraries under review as the council faces further Government cutbacks

Library services manager Paula Reilly-Cooper at the opening of Runcorn old town library

Library services manager Paula Reilly-Cooper at the opening of Runcorn old town library

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

HALTON’S four libraries are under intense scrutiny as the council faces a further £15 million cut in Government funding in 2014/15.

At present, readers can use libraries at Halton Lea and the old town in Runcorn and Victoria Square and Ditton in Widnes.

Opening times, staffing, the purchasing of books, and the mobile library are among many issues being looked at.

The future of the cafes at Widnes and Halton Lea are also being examined.

Residents will be given a chance to voice their opinions when the review is completed and the proposals are published.

A Halton Council spokesman said: "All aspects of Halton Council's library services are being reviewed. The library café is part of the review.

“Following the conclusion of the review in the spring there will be an opportunity to comment on the proposals."

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2:37pm Wed 19 Mar 14

IanCartwright says...

Any day soon next years council tax charge will be landing on my doormat.Up by 2% on last year and since then they only empty my bin every 2 weeks.Now they are looking at cutting back the libraries?I only found out because of the stupid idea about the police station moving into the vikings ground that the council own it.What next?are they going to move the library in there as well?Maybe they could turn the sprinklers on in the day call it a fountain and a few flower boxes call it a public park.or better still they could sell the stadium to the vikings and use the cash to bring down next years tax bill and keep the services people really want from going under.
Any day soon next years council tax charge will be landing on my doormat.Up by 2% on last year and since then they only empty my bin every 2 weeks.Now they are looking at cutting back the libraries?I only found out because of the stupid idea about the police station moving into the vikings ground that the council own it.What next?are they going to move the library in there as well?Maybe they could turn the sprinklers on in the day call it a fountain and a few flower boxes call it a public park.or better still they could sell the stadium to the vikings and use the cash to bring down next years tax bill and keep the services people really want from going under. IanCartwright
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