Parish council steps in to help library

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A new partnership has been set up to maintain opening hours at Eastfield library.

Fears that Eastfield library would have to reduce opening hours from this month have been allayed by the intervention of Eastfield Parish Council.

In 2011 when other libraries were reducing hours in response to local government savings Eastfield were able to retain their hours due to a partnership arrangement with Yorkshire Coast Homes.

At the end of last year Yorkshire Coast Homes took the decision to withdraw its Customer Service operation from Eastfield and concentrate resources in Scarborough. This looked likely to result in a reduction in library opening hours from 38 to 30.

Eastfield Parish Council has now stepped in to support an additional eight hours of opening for the next year using the parish precept. During this year efforts will be made to recruit volunteers to extend the library opening hours.

Cllr Chris Metcalf, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Library and Community Services said: “It is very encouraging that the parish council in Eastfield has stepped in to support the library which is such a valuable asset to the community. At a time when the county council is facing difficult decisions on what it is able to deliver, increased partnership working with local communities is crucial to protect services.”

Chris Parsons chairman of Eastfield Parish Council added: “The library is a one of our most valuable facilities and much loved and used by the residents of Eastfield. We feel as a council that we have a duty to support and protect local resources for the benefit of our community.”