Fight library cuts plea

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USERS of Chatteris library are being urged to fight planned cuts to opening hours amid fears there could also be job losses among staff.

Barry Payne, member of the Friends of Chatteris Library, said they were deeply concerned about a proposal that could see only one librarian on duty at certain times.

There are currently at least two and more often three librarians on duty.

He said: “I know it is under consideration to have just one librarian manning the library. They seem to think that we, as volunteers, will fill the gap, but it is not that easy. We are only volunteers and if something else comes up then we are not forced to go in.

“It is all part of this ‘Big Society’ idea but it is not that simple.

“It is a worry from a health and safety point of view that only one librarian will be on duty - it has got to be wrong. We are definitely extremely worried about that,” said Mr Payne.

He also said the cut in opening times by four-and-a-half hours a week will also impact on users particularly the reduction in late night opening on Fridays and the Saturday afternoon session.

“Our computers are always fully used with children doing homework, especially on Friday evenings.

“People who work rely on the later opening and Saturdays to visit the library.

“I would urge people to write to the county council raising their objections.

“We are going to fight the proposals and need the public to support us,” said Mr Payne.