Cheadle library is earmarked to be managed by volunteers

CHEADLE is one of four more libraries set to be handed over to volunteers by Staffordshire County Council.

Cheadle Library on High Street.

Twenty-two smaller libraries in the county have already been transferred to community management, while Blythe Bridge is currently in the process of making the move.

According to a council report, Cheadle, together with Clayton, Eccleshall and Penkridge – which are also earmarked to be run by volunteers – are the least busy of the remaining authority-managed libraries.

Thirty-eight per cent of the people consulted about the future of Cheadle library opposed the community management proposal.

Gill Heath, cabinet member for communities, said the changes are necessary in order to make the county’s libraries more sustainable due to the fall in user numbers.

She said: “The way people read and the way they use their libraries has changed dramatically in the last 10 years.

“We’re building on the success of our community managed libraries to propose four more and also to pilot the use of technology to extend opening hours.”