As library campaigners across South Gloucestershire await the results of the consultation into cuts to the service, the Save Hanham Library team have received another message of support from local boy and Hollywood star Stephen Merchant.
Hanham, Downend, Staple Hill, Cadbury Heath and Emersons Green libraries are among those threatened with reduced hours and the mobile library could be stopped altogether.
The council has said it needs to save around £650,000 from the library service budget with a proposed overall cut of 42% in service and while the proposed new model involves reducing some library opening hours, it hopes that through discussions with the community that reductions can be minimised.
Members of the Save Hanham Library group will be meeting outside the library on Saturday 3rd September at 11am to find out the results of the consultation report.
The results of the consultation are expected to come before the council’s Environment & Community Services Committee on Wednesday 7th September.
Back in January when they first heard about the threatened cuts, campaigners contacted Hollywood actor, comic and writer Stephen Merchant via social media and he responded saying: “This library invaluable to me growing up, hoping to be a writer. Please help keep it open for future Bristol scribes.”
Now he has again gone on the record telling the campaigners: “Good luck, I hope you’ve succeeded.”
Two of the campaigner, Clair Wallis and her father Martin, spent yesterday delivering posters and leaflets to shops and businesses in Hanham to display to highlight Saturday’s meeting and the ongoing campaign to save the library.