Ipswich: Authorities discuss threat to future of three town libraries

ipswich: The future of “community libraries” in the town is to be discussed by senior officials from the borough and county councils.

However the senior councillors at the borough were today unable to give any pledges about supporting the town’s threatened libraries because of the potential costs involved.

Councillors arriving at this week’s full meeting of the borough council at Endeavour House were met by a small demonstration of trades unionists urging them to take over libraries that are under threat.

During the meeting council leader Liz Harsant said that borough chief executive Russell Williams was planning to meet with county chief Andrea Hill to discuss ways of working together on services facing divestment.

However Mrs Harsant said it would not be possible to take on all services under threat at the county.

She said: “I know there is a great deal of concern about libraries.

But I cannot give any guarantee we would be able to take over any of the libraries, because the borough is also facing very tight funding decisions and we have enough problems finding money for our own services.”

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