Public meets to have say on libraries

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A SERIES of public meetings regarding the need for savage cuts to Wigan and Leigh’s Library Service are taking place up to the end of February.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust is conducting a four-month survey to help shape future library provision.

Wigan’s library budget is facing a 25 per cent cut of £1.1m as Wigan Council looks to make savings of £55m over the next three years.

The borough’s library service is made up of 18 libraries, two mobile libraries and a housebound service operating on an annual £4m budget.

Up to six could be closed or merged and several “save our library” campaigns have been launched.

Consultation is being carried out through a range of mechanisms including questionnaires, focus groups and public meetings and ends on March 31.

All of the following public meetings will take place between 7pm and 9pm in the evenings.

* Monday January 24, Wigan and Leigh College, Parson’s Walk, Wigan; Wednesday January 26, Platt Bridge Community School, Rivington Avenue, Platt Bridge and Thursday February 10, Westfield Community School, Montrose Avenue, Pemberton.