Warwickshire County Council due to give verdict on libraries

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THE FUTURE of Dunchurch library will be decided today (Thursday).

A plan to save the facility was approved by a committee of county councillors on Monday - and will now go before the authority’s decision-making cabinet.

Members of Dunchurch parish council drew up a business plan for the library after the county council threatened to close it because of budget cuts.

The scheme involves adding a self-service kiosk, which would operate alongside the more traditional book-checking system, and moving the parish council office into the building. The library would be open 25 hours a week, as it is at present, with villagers wanting to modify the current premises to enable it to be used for other purposes.

The county council’s communities overview and scrutiny committee gave its support to the proposals on Monday, including granting £11,000 for the self-service kiosk.

The parish council is also seeking money from sources including the Big Society Fund and the Community Development Fund.

The library would be run by trained volunteers. So far, 150 villagers have offered their services.

Parish council chairman Robin Aird said: “There has been fantastic response from those wishing to help.

“The librarywill still be within the county library book scheme with book rotation and the ability to reserve books from other libraries unchanged.

“This is an essential part of the scheme.”

The county council intends the new library to open by April 1 next year.

Meanwhile, villagers in Binley Woods are still hopeful of keeping a library in some form, and have proposed moving the facility to an under-used room in the village hall.

The county council announced earlier this year that weekly opening hours at Rugby library would be cut but five-and-a-half hours, to 50.