Maria Miller MP urges residents to have their say on future of local libraries

Local MP Maria Miller is encouraging Basingstoke residents to take part in Hampshire County Council’s public consultation on how local library services should operate in future. The consultation closes on Wednesday 18 March.

The consultation is asking for residents’ views on proposed changes to the Library service, and includes proposals that could see the possible closure of Chineham and South Ham Libraries. 

Maria said: “Libraries not only promote reading and lifelong education but are also community hubs used by many local groups. I believe both Chineham and South Ham Libraries provide important services in their local communities and want to see those services retained.”

“It is right that the County Council consult residents on the services it provides. They have been clear that no decisions will be made on any of the proposals until people have had the opportunity to give their views. They have already received more than 15,000 responses to date.”

Maria added: “I would encourage any Basingstoke residents who use the library services and facilities to respond directly to the Consultation in order to have their say on this important matter.”

Details of how to respond are on the HCC website:https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/consultations/library-consultation