Palmer Park Library to continue to open on Saturdays

19 July 2018

Dave McElroy (right) campaigning

Palmer Park Library will remain open to the public on Saturdays following the petition and an amendment made to library proposals discussed at a meeting of the Council’s Policy Committee on July 16th.

All the cuts to opening hours were agreed at Policy Committee, except in relation to Palmer Park Library weekend opening. The East Reading library will now continue to be open to the public on Saturday mornings between 10am and 1pm.

Unfortunately the latest changes include the following reductions in overall opening hours:

  • Central:  46 hours to 37 hours per week
  • Caversham: 35 hours to 27 hours per week
  • Battle and Tilehurst: 27 hours to 22 hours per week
  • Palmer Park: 21 hours to 19 hours per week
  • Whitley: 21 to 18 hours per week

Commenting on Labour's u-turn on cutting weekend opening at Palmer Park library, Green Party councilor Rob White said: "Well done to the library anti-cuts campaigners, especially Dave McElroy – who handed in the over-600 signature petition to save Reading libraries. He spoke well about the importance of libraries.

"Following pressure from the petition which Green Party councillors have been supporting I was pleased to see Labour change their mind and propose not cutting the Saturday morning opening of Palmer Park library.

"Unfortunately, the other cuts to libraries, which Greens oppose, remain – a reduction of almost 10 hours at Central, cutting evening opening at Palmer Park and shaving off a few hours at each of the other libraries.

"It was therefore a bittersweet evening, but we will keep working to prevent further cuts to libraries and build the hours back up."

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