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Revealed: The cost of keeping libraries open

Find out how much each parish in West Berkshire is being asked to pay

Dan Cooper

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WEST Berkshire Council has written to every town and parish council in the district asking them to make a contribution towards the cost of running the library service.

How much each parish is being asked to pay depends on its population, but equates to approximately £1 for every person.

Newbury Town Council is being asked to stump up £31,275 and Thatcham Town Council £24,480.

By contrast, Stanford Dingley is being asked to pay £195.

With many town and parish councils facing significant financial challenges of their own, some will be forced to consider raising their precepts – the amount of council tax they collect from residents – or simply not making a contribution at all.

The council is considering three different options, which include replacing staff with volunteers at all libraries except Newbury, as it looks to save up to £645,000.

West Berkshire Council’s executive member for culture Dominic Boeck said: “We have no choice but to ask because demand for council services is rising, and at the same time we are receiving less funding from central government.”

Here is a breakdown of what each town and parish council is being asked to pay;

Aldermaston – £1,020

Aldworth – £270

Ashampstead – £375

Basildon – £1,740

Beech Hill – £300

Beedon – £435

Beenham – £1,155

Boxford – £465

Bradfield – £2,160

Brighwalton – £330

Brimpton – £570

Bucklebury – £2,025

Burghfield –  £5,715

Chaddleworth – £510

Chieveley – £2,670

Cold Ash – £3,855

Compton – £1,560

East Garston – £525

East Ilsley – £525

Enborne – £750

Englefield – £285

Farnborough – £105

Fawley – £120

Frilsham – £300

Great Shefford – £900

Greenham – £3,690

Hamstead Marshall – £255

Hampstead Norreys – £810

Hermitage – £1,950

Holybrook – £6,675

Hungerford – £5,520

Inkpen – £825

Kintbury – £2,565

Lambourn – £4,020

Leckhampstead – £345

Midgham – £315

Newbury – £31,275

Padworth – £855

Pangbourne – £2,910

Peasemore – £300

Purley-on-Thames – £4,230

Shaw-cum-Donnington – £1,665

Speen – £2,370

Stanford Dingley – £195

Stratfield Mortimer – £3,735

Streatley – £1,065

Sulhamstead – £1,440

Thatcham – £24,480

Theale – £2,730

Tidmarsh – £510

Tilehurst – £13,575

Ufton Nervet – £315

Welford – £510

West Ilsley – £330

West Woodhay – £135

Winterbourne – £210

Wokefield – £435

Woolhampton – £750

Yattendon – £345

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  • paulGT11

    14/12/2016 - 17:05

    The Town and parish councils should ALL refuse to pay as the libraries are the responsibility of West Berks Council. it should not be down to residents yet again to bail out central and local government. Austerity just means "Make the public pay for everything".

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  • NewburyResident

    14/12/2016 - 12:12

    More money via the back door to cover up that savings aren't being made where they should be - in Market Street. Protect the jobs for the boys!

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