Bristol libraries decision delayed

Bristol City Council has announced that a decision on the fate of Bristol’s most under threat libraries will not be made at a Cabinet meeting on 4 December.

A consultation on the future of the city’s libraries ran in the summer, but the council said too many people had rejected all the options put forward.

Seventeen libraries out of the city’s 27 are under the threat of closure, as the council tries to save £1.4 million.

The map below shows the libraries in the Bristol area. The books in red are the libraries under threat.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Asher Craig said: “At this stage, nothing is off the table, but it is right for us to wait until the outcome of this review before making a final decision.”

Pressure has been mounting on the council after 12,000 people signed a petition to keep libraries open.

Following the council consultation a new independent review has now been commissioned and will end in spring next year when the libraries future will again be considered.

There has also been speculation that the council also wish to save more money by closing Bristol Central Library and moving it into The Galleries.

Nothing is currently certain as Cllr Craig added: “We appreciate this is a very difficult situation, and I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the consultation, and put forward ideas and suggestions.”

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