Felixstowe: Uncertainty voiced over how cash will be raised for library

Felixstowe Library

Felixstowe Library - Credit: Archant

Community leaders in Felixstowe have agreed to represent the town on the new organisation running the county’s libraries – but are not pledging any money towards its running costs.

Felixstowe has been told it needs to raise £5,200 a year towards the town’s library in Crescent Road, but as yet it is uncertain how the sum will be provided.

The town council could give a grant from its community fund, but it is hoped a fundraising organisation – such as a Friends group, which many charities rely on – could be set up.

Alternatively the library management could raise the money through a variety of means, including making savings, though this would harm any plans they may have to develop services and activities, or by fundraising events or business-related moves such as getting its wifi or other services sponsored.

Felixstowe Town Council has agreed to join the Suffolk Libraries Industrial and Provident Society.


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Chris Slemmings, chairman of the finance and general purposes committee, said: “The town council will represent the town and continue to support the library, but at this stage we are not making any commitment towards the £5,200.

“We might, of course, choose to make a contribution in the future, depending on circumstances at that time.”

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Councillor Michael Sharman said the council might need to consider financial help if the public wanted extra services.

Councillor Joan Sennington added: “The £5,200 is required every year and is not a one-off demand.

“We don’t understand fully what will happen if the community doesn’t manage to raise this money.”

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