Local concerns on the proposed cuts in Library hours have caused Hampshire County Council to have a rethink. The proposals to change the hours at Whitchurch Library have been amended following feedback from local residents, and as had been highlighted by this website.


Local people made their voices heard
Many residents had queried the loss of all evening opening and also how HCC had arrived at their original proposals.
HCC Councillors had also been proposing cuts that would have taken the opening hours below what HCC themselves were saying are required for a ‘neighbourhood library’ to be viable, thus placing it even more at risk.

HCC now say:

Thank you to everyone who has commented on the proposed changes. Although the consultation period continues until 28 December it’s become apparent from your responses that our original proposals need reviewing.
Based on this feedback, we now propose an alternative pattern of opening hours.

The main changes are that they now propose that Wednesday evening opening be retained, they drop their proposals for opening on Thursdays and Friday morning opening is reinstated. The overall reduction is now 25%, from 26.5 hours to 20 hours
Although the cuts are to be regretted this is better news for those who use the Library.

Proposed opening hours are now (current hours first):

Monday: 10.00am – 5.00pm change to 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Tuesday: Closed no change
Wednesday: 10.00am – 7.00pm now change to 1.00pm – 7.00pm
Thursday: Closed now no change
Friday: 10.00am – 5.00pm now no change
Saturday: 9.30am – 1.00pm now change to 10.00am – 1.00pm

The full proposals can be seen at:
LIBRARY CHANGES

Comments can be made at:

LIBRARY CONSULTATION

See our earlier story:
Library to lose evening opening?

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