Sandy and Potton libraries could be set for longer opening hours if Central Bedfordshire Council plan approved

Central Bedfordshire Council is consulting over plans to change the opening hours at Biggleswade, Sa

Central Bedfordshire Council is consulting over plans to change the opening hours at Biggleswade, Sandy and Potton libraries. - Credit: Archant

Sandy and Potton libraries could be set for longer opening hours if a Central Bedfordshire Council plan is approved.

The unitary authority is proposing to shorten the opening hours at nine of its 12 libraries in a bid to save money, but its changes would actually see Sandy and Potton’s libraries open for an increase of two and a half hours and two hours respectively each week.

Biggleswade library would be open for half an hour less per week, while in comparison Ampthill Library would be open for 11 hours less a week.

Councillor Brian Spurr, responsible for community services, said: “We are committed to keeping all of our libraries open, which is why we embarked on a refurbishment and modernisation programme in 2012.

“While we fully intend to do that, the reality is that we now have to work within the constraints of reduced funding.


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“And though libraries across the UK are being closed, we believe we can not only buck this trend, but keep them well-staffed by implementing a new pattern of opening hours.

“This would allow us to keep all libraries open on Saturdays and also give staff the time to keep running popular events and activities.

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“We remain open to suggestions on how to implement these changes and will shape our plans depending on feedback through our consultation, so please do have your say.

“Our proposal is also to make better use of the buildings, for community activities outside of opening hours, to support people helping themselves and others.”

The consultation is open until September 5 at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations and in paper form at all libraries.

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