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AXMINSTER: More than 400 people attend Axminster Library roadshow

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

BOOK?CHAT: Ciara Eastell (Devon County Council), Axminster resident Sylvia Fraser and county councillor Andrew Moulding exchange views

BOOK?CHAT: Ciara Eastell (Devon County Council), Axminster resident Sylvia Fraser and county councillor Andrew Moulding exchange views


Axminster Library saw a massive footfall during two hours last Thursday morning. More than 400 people attended the library during Devon County Council’s (DCC) consultation roadshow. Senior officers and elected councillors attended to discuss proposals that would effectively turn the library into a second-tier, volunteer-led facility as part of a £1.5 million cost-cutting exercise. Local opposition to the proposal is rife, though, and campaigners had urged people to attend last Thursday’s event. One of those attending was Sylvia Fraser from Axminster, who said: “I’ll fight to keep the library. There is good support today.” County councillor Andrew Moulding is against the proposal and said: “It is important to stress that Axminster is a growing town and we don’t want a decision to be taken on here and now, but on future requirements.” DCC head of libraries, culture and heritage Ciara Eastell said: “There is clearly a good turnout, showing strength and support. “It has been helpful to get people’s views.” The event was part of a series of county-wide drop-in sessions to be held at libraries between April 28th and June 25th. The consultation will run until July 17th, and a definitive set of proposals will go before the county council’s Cabinet in September. Information on the consultation is available at www.toughchoices.co.uk as well as in libraries and through the mobile library service. Ideas and comments can be emailed to librarystrategyfeedback@devon.gov.uk In addition, some local residents have set up the Support for Axminster Library Facebook page plus a Twitter account named Support 4 Ax Library as part of their campaign.

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