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Committee to discuss library closure plan

PUBLISHED: 22:12 10 June 2011

LIBRARY users in Oulton Broad, Kessingland and Southwold are set to have their say on county proposals for the service at a new-look scrutiny meeting next week.

On Tuesday Suffolk County Council’s scrutiny committee is to look at proposals to change the way the library service is run – and recommendations it makes will be fed through to the cabinet which is due to debate the future of the service next month.

Campaigners fighting to save libraries threatened with possible closure as part of a community divestment programme have been invited to give their views to the meeting.

And there will also be an opportunity for members of the public to give 
their views about the future of the service during an “open mic” session.

The committee will hear evidence from a range of groups and individuals who have been involved in the consultation process – including those who have expressed an interest in running a library.

It will then question the county council’s portfolio holder responsible for the libraries review, Judy Terry, 
on the direction the council is taking.

The committee will also be seeking to find out how responses to the library plans consultation will be considered and reported to the council’s cabinet.

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