The last word on libraries

A final consultation about the future of Wigan libraries took place at Westfield Primary school, Montrose Avenue, Wigan. Pictured are Wendy Heaton, left and Andy Harrison
A final consultation about the future of Wigan libraries took place at Westfield Primary school, Montrose Avenue, Wigan. Pictured are Wendy Heaton, left and Andy Harrison
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THE public has had its final say on the future of Wigan’s library service.

The last of a series of consultation meetings was held at Westfield Primary School in Pemberton at which Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust officers explained the cost-cutting predicaments facing them and possible options while canvassing opinions and ideas from those attending.

At Westfield, executive director Pete Gascoigne, operations business manager Wendy Heaton and customer services business manager Andy Harrison addressed those attending

Questionnaires have also been widely distributed to residents.

Trust bosses insist that nothing is yet cast in stone, although rumours are rife that several of the borough’s libraries could close.

Chief executive Rodney Hill said: “The answers and comments from the questionnaire and the consultation meeting will help us to make these decisions. The public’s thoughts will help us to make sure that the changes we make, while hard decisions, will allow us to provide a relevant, high-quality and affordable library service for the future.” Feedback will now be analysed and used to develop recommendations on the future of the service which will go to full council in June.