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Stourport Library could be moved to civic centre
STOURPORT library could be moved to the town’s civic centre under cost-cutting plans being considered by Worcestershire County Council .
According to the council, the current Worcester Street-based library would cost about £1.4 million to maintain during the next 10 years at a time when the libraries and learning service needs to save £1.8 million.
If the move went ahead, the library could share the civic centre with a range of other local services such as the Stourport Hub, Stourport Guidance Skill and Job Centre Plus.
Plans are currently underway to turn the civic centre into a multi-use community hub - which could also house Worcestershire Coroner’s Court and West Mercia Police staff - once Wyre Forest District Council moves out later this year.
A 12-week public consultation is being launched on Monday (August 20) when Stourport residents will get the chance to give their views on the library proposals.
Kathy Kirk, county council strategic libraries and learning manager, said: “The proposals for the civic centre are really exciting as it could bring a range of public and community services together under one roof.
“We want our local libraries to be at the heart of our towns and communities which is why we are proposing the library in Stourport be a part of this community venue.
“We have to save money in the service and this will help us achieve that but it’s also about continuing to deliver services which are well valued and well used and which are right for the communities they will serve.”
Drop-in sessions have been organised during the consultation when residents will be able to pose questions and queries to officers involved in the proposals.
Details about the sessions as well as a questionnaire and consultation information will be available online from Monday at worcestershire.gov.uk/stourportlibrary