Local MP for Warrington South, David Mowat, this week published his formal response to the LiveWire Consultation.
Whilst giving a cautious welcome to proposals to “cluster” libraries with other well-used services, Mr Mowat raised concerns about the timetable for the opening of new services which could lead to a situation where there is no location south of the Mersey where residents can physically browse and borrow books.
Mr Mowat also highlighted the fact that Lymm would particularly badly affected by the changes, with its nearest hub being 5 miles away from the current site and with no direct bus route between the two.
Commenting on the proposals, David Mowat MP said:
“It is unclear from the consultation document whether the new Hub at Broomfields would have opened before the existing facilities in Lymm and Stockton Heath had closed.
“If there were to be a gap, it would mean that there would be no facility south of the River Mersey where residents could physically browse and borrow books. The fact that Stockton Heath and Lymm Libraries are amongst the best-used in the Borough suggests that this is the area where demand for library services are highest.
“In the case of Lymm, this is the largest such dislocation in the town and 5 miles seems a considerable distance in the context of a relatively compact urban borough like Warrington."
You can read David's submission in full here