Residents told their library will not be shut
YOUR library is safe from closure, Hawkhurst residents have been told.
In a presentation to Hawkhurst Parish Council, representatives from Kent County Council's library services Sue Sparks and Susan Rogers allayed any fears that the facility in Rye Road was under threat.
Parish councillors had expressed concern following the news that the county council was reviewing all the libraries in the Tunbridge Wells borough in a bid to save £1 million.
Hawkhurst has one of the most popular libraries in the borough.
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Mrs Sparks said: "Kent County Council needs to run the services with less money. There will be no library closures as part of the programme."
She added that discussions were taking place locally to find out people's views.
Ideas being looked at included sharing buildings with other services or organisations.
Mrs Sparks said: "It might work better if we moved into another space and could share the costs. Also we are looking to see if anyone is interested in being commissioned to run a library for us."
The parish council had previously questioned the high running costs of the two computers in the library, however Mrs Sparks said that it was due to them being linked up to the central system.
The councillors thanked Mrs Sparks and Mrs Rogers for attending and said they would ask residents for any views on the library.