Speaking about the review of libraries in Gateshead which is due to be considered by the Council’s cabinet on 12th July, Liberal Democrat Leader of the Opposition, Dr Jonathan Wallace, said:
“It is vital that residents take part in the consultation next month and make their views heard. It is also important that people with new ideas on how to make savings and run a volunteer service should come forward and pass on their thoughts to Gateshead Council.
“Meanwhile Gateshead must leave no stone unturned in looking for ideas on how to maintain access and funding for libraries.
“I have been pressing for the Council to open talks with coffee shop chains to rent out space in our libraries. Many are in front street locations which would be ideal as retail outlets which could provide Gateshead with the income needed to keep libraries open.
“We should not close any library until this option is fully explored.”