Community hub plan for Ketton library

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A LIBRARY could become a community hub.

Ketton Parish Council has formed a working party to find more dynamic uses for Ketton library outside operating hours.

The move follows the council’s December decision to increase its precept for one year by 93 per cent to £50,375.

This was in part to ensure library opening hours were not cut, following Rutland County Council’s request to town and parish councils to cover some of the cost of library staff.

Council clerk Jackie Stanbridge said: “The Ketton library working party is looking at possible future uses of the building at times when the library is not operating.

“The working party sees the building as a community hub and any additional community services will be run by volunteers.

“It has also been suggested as a premises for Uppingham Surgery, which is looking to close its current Ketton practice.

“All possibilities are open for discussion and no decisions have yet been taken but the parish council and its residents are very pro-active in maintaining its current library provision and increasing the use of the building.”

The library is currently open from 10am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday and Friday, and from 10am to 1pm on Saturday.

Borrowers can get books, DVDs, video games and CDs. Internet access is available along with a database of local clubs.

Last week the Mercury mistakenly reported that Ketton Parish Council had refused the county council’s request for help covering library costs. We apologise for the error.