Is Chislehurst Library under threat of closure? It’s a straightforward question to which the council isn’t giving a clear answer. Here are some clues, however:
Bromley Council, like many other local authorities across the country, has identified potential savings to its library service. Announcing proposed cuts to its budget earlier this month the Leader of the Council, Stephen Carr, hinted that library cuts were on the cards.
He said: “What priority do we give our library service against the needs of our vulnerable residents whilst making sure it is fit to meet the twenty-first century demands of our communities? This could mean fewer but better libraries.”
A council spokesman confirms: “A review is under way looking at the library service and inevitably, improvements and efficiencies are issues being looked at. Chislehurst library is obviously part of this review. No conclusions have been made at the moment.”
But in another clue, the Council’s draft budget reduction plan lists only one proposed library closure in the borough, resulting from merging Penge and Anerley libraries in 2012/13.
And the council spokesman draws particular attention to part of Mr Carr’s statement: “The important word for me in the Leader quote is the word ‘could’ – decisions have not yet been taken.”
So is Chislehurst Library on the critical list? From this evidence it may just escape the axe.
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