Library hours could be cut

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NORFOLK County Council could reduce the opening hours of libraries across the county – including in Thetford.

After promising that none of the county’s 47 libraries would close, the council is now looking at plans to cut opening hours by around 10 per cent.

A public consultation on the plans was launched last Wednesday.

James Carswell, cabinet member for cultural services, said: “The options we’re proposing, different for each library, will ensure that communities still have access to their local library at the times when our user information shows they are most in demand.”

The council says its plans were prompted by public reaction to the Big Conversation that ran between October 2010 and January 2011.

Some residents said reducing opening hours would be one way to make required savings of £1.49million over the next three years.

Consultation forms are available at Norfolk libraries or people can respond online at www.surveymonkey.com/norfolk-libraries-consultation

The consultation ends at midnight on June 13.