Incredulous at library spending plan

Councillor Stuart Hughes - At our meeting on July 12, we read, with some incredulity, a short article entitled “Library revamp move approved” published in the Sidmouth Herald on Friday, July 8, stating that �80,000 is to be spent on the automation of the library issue system, together with internal improvements and small changes to the library layout.

This statement appears to contradict the assurance given at our meeting on June 28, which you kindly attended, that senior members of Devon County Council Libraries supported moving ahead with a joint project between Devon County Council and Sid Valley Practice.

It is difficult to believe that �80,000 will be spent on modernising Sidmouth Library in the immediate future, if Devon County Council are serious about participating in a joint venture between the library and the health centre to provide improved services for our ever-increasing population.

We also read in the same article that councillors are about to confirm a multi-million pound investment programme in Devon Libraries. We would welcome your views on this announcement and, in particular, your help in getting Sidmouth a modern library.

Primrose Dodd

Chairman, Sid Valley Patients’ Forum

cc Cllr Roger Croad, Devon County Council Portfolio Holder for Libraries,

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