Have your say on libraries

CAMPAIGNERS will be given the chance to have their say on the future of Suffolk’s libraries during a meeting next week.

Suffolk County Council’s scrutiny committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss what makes a library service successful, with the proposals made going on to be discussed by the authority’s cabinet in July.

During the meeting, which will hear evidence from a range of groups and individuals who have been involved in the council’s consultation process, members of the public will be given the opportunity to make any additional comments that have not already been raised.

The committee will also question Judy Terry, the council’s portfolio holder responsible for the libraries review, on the direction the council is taking.

Committee chairman Colin Hart said: “This is an important opportunity to look at how the council is moving forward with the libraries review and will give interested parties an opportunity to air their views in public.”

The council’s new leader, Mark Bee, said: “Suffolk County Council is faced with making some extremely difficult decisions in light of the reduced funding we have available to deliver council services.

“But it doesn’t mean we can’t involve Suffolk residents in those decisions and listen carefully to what they are saying.”

The council is looking to make savings of £42.5million in the next financial year after a drop in government funding.

A public consultation into the authority’s plans to divest the county’s libraries ended in April.