County councillors Malcolm Cowan (Handside and Peartree) and Lynn Chesterman (WGC South) have welcomed news that Woodhall library will not now lose all its paid staff. They had campaigned together to retain some permanent library staff in the face of a libraries consultation that proposed relying entirely on volunteers. "It is not yet clear how much time they would spend there, but is a good step forward, particularly when other local Tier 3 libraries such as Welwyn and Brookmans Park will not share this improvement."
Lynn said "I was pleased with how many local library users objected - one of the highest proportions in the county. It shows how our campaign, highlighted in the WHT, hit home."
Malcolm said "We still have fight to save the mobile library service; there are some rather vague ideas to either send out transport to take elderly people to libraries, or take books to them individually - it is far from clear that either is cheaper, and it fails to help other vulnerable users."