We don't believe shutting Libraries is a good idea. Library services are loved by local people and buildings could be used to offer many other services as well - as can be seen in Glastonbury, which is a 'hub' for local people.
Cheddar and Street Libraries are well used by local people. Travelling to Wells Library from Cheddar and the surrounding villages, whether by bus, taxi or car is expensive. Glastonbury Library, although a short distance from Street, is already crowded and busy.
Cheddar Library, like Highbridge, offers much-needed access to computers - not everyone has one.
Many new homes are planned for Cheddar too - in fact, it is to have the highest percentage increase in housing in the whole of Sedgemoor apart from Bridgwater.
Cheddar has many elderly inhabitants without access to a car, and also many carers. The loss of the library, with all the services and opportunities to socialise which it provides, would hit these groups really hard - and there would be a consequent cost to the county council in terms of adult social care. It would also have an adverse effect on families with young children.
Shepton Mallet Library is threatened with closure or a move to an unsuitable smaller space inside Mendip Council’s Office block. This will strip the town centre of a well used essential service despite a vigorous campaign organised by the Friends of Shepton Mallet Library to keep the library in the heart of the community.
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