Call for longer library hours to support new communities
MORE hours are needed for a library serving a village which could potentially see another 1,500 homes built.
County councillor Ceri Jones (LD, Cleeve), insisted the 40 hours at Bishop's Cleeve library is not enough to support the communities, with the new housing developments due.
The library, which serves the communities of Bishop's Cleeve, Gotherington, Stoke Orchard, Woodmancote and Winchcombe, has announced its new opening hours after cuts to library opening hours last year.
The new hours include two hours every Sunday, but Mr Jones believes the opening hours should be in additional to the current hours.
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He said: "I'm really disappointed these two hours are part of the 40 hours instead of on top of it.
"After the cuts last year, this is a blow to our plans to try and keep the library open for the communities."
Bishop's Cleeve Library has the third highest number of visitors in the county.
Revised cuts to the library saw the hours in Bishop's Cleeve slashed by 13 hours.
Other libraries which faced cuts included the libraries in Up Hatherley, from 47 to 35 hours and Prestbury, from 31.5 to 16 hours.