Cheshire East Council earmarks three libraries for closure

Alderley Edge, Prestbury and Disley Libraries could close

Cheshire East Council has published a Pre-Budget Consultation for 2018/19 and included in the proposals is a suggestion that Alderley Edge, Disley and Prestbury Libraries could be closed.

The document states: “his proposal considers delivering further savings from the library service by closing the three smallest libraries within the borough: Alderley Edge, Disley and Prestbury.

It continues: “The council has a statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all in the area that want to make use of it, but the council is able to determine where libraries are provided giving consideration to equalities and best value duties.

“The council would welcome proposals from local community organisations to deliver these libraries as community managed libraries as an alternative to closure.”

Alderley Edge ward councillor, Cllr Craig Browne commented: “I am dismayed that their proposals include the closure of Alderley Edge Library (along with other libraries in Disley and Prestbury).

“I firmly believe that libraries continue to provide a vital cultural and educational resource within the communities they serve, as well as providing an important social function for residents who may be living in isolation.”

He added: “Closing our library would be a retrograde step, particularly taking into account the relatively minor cost saving of £50,000 to CEC from doing so.”

The consultation document can be found by clicking here. Libraries are discussed on page 89.

Cllr Browne added: “I would like to encourage all residents to make their voices heard loud and clear, by completing the online consultation”

The consultation can be reached via this link.

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