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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

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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