Hope on horizon for village library

Chinnor Library
Chinnor Library

THE future suddenly looks more promising for Chinnor Library under new plans put forward by Oxfordshire County Council.

The proposal, if ratified, will see the village library staffed two thirds by council paid workers and one third by volunteers.

The plans to increase the number of paid workers comes after feedback from a public consultation.

Thame Library is considered a core library and will remain fully staffed by council employees.

A decision on the proposal will be taken by the council’s cabinet from 1pm on Monday, December 12, at County Hall, Oxford.

Councillor David Robertson, deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who contributed to the public consultation on the future of the library service in Oxfordshire, your views have been heard and we have changed and improved our proposal accordingly.

“We have come up with a model which would still see all 43 libraries remain open and, if the proposal is approved, it would be up to the community in some areas to come forward and assist in the future with the staffing of some libraries.

“We are certainly a million miles away from where we were 12 months ago, when we were proposing to cease funding 20 libraries.”