Berkshire

Cash-strapped council closes Wash Common library

Wash Common Library Image copyright Google
Image caption The council said the branch was used by less than 3% of the district's library users

A library is to close at the end of the month as part of measures to save £580,000 a year.

West Berkshire Council, which is implementing a range of cuts to its library service, says its Wash Common branch will close on 31 March.

Campaigners previously staged protests against the cuts, which also include replacing some staff with volunteers.

The council said the move would allow it to keep its other eight libraries open and continue its mobile service.

Other cost-cutting measures include reducing the number of mobile library vehicles from two to one.

Culture councillor Dominic Boeck said: "It's sad to see Wash Common library close but it is a small branch, expensive to run and the home branch for only a few of our library users.

"At a time when we have to save money we simply couldn't afford to keep it open when we have our largest library up the road in Newbury."

The council had initially planned to close eight out of nine of its libraries.

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