With just a week until the end of Somerset county council consultation on the future of the town’s library Brian Samuels of the Friends of Wellington Library has appealed to every type of group in the community, from sports clubs to Rotary, to write in with their support.
“We’ve had many individual responses supporting the library but at the public meeting we heard from officers that input from groups was also crucial in their-decision making,” Mr Samuels told the town council. “We’re asking members and leaders of groups to send in letters to the county before next Wednesday.” The online consultation is designed to deal with individuals rather than groups.
Councillors were unanimous in urging the county council to go for Option A and keep a fully-funded Wellington library open. Option B ( a community operation with up to £5,000 a year from county) or Operation C (a mobile service) were condemned as unsuitable for a town of Wellington’s size.
“The options seem to go from Somerset paying everything to just a tiny contribution, with very little in between,” said Cllr Andy Govier, who is also a county councillor. “Our library is important to the community, well-used and the footfall is high. Somerset should fund it.”
“The county council financial offering is stingy in the extreme,” said Cllr Ross Henley. “the building is not the best but it has great staff and the usage is so important for job-hunting and other vital things.”
The town council rejected the idea of making an initial financial offer of support to SCC, preferring to wait until the initial decisions are made and then discuss the size of a possible contribution at that point.