By Carl Jackson Tuesday 23 October 2012 Updated: 23/10 12:39
PLANS to move Catshill Library into the nearby middle school have been given the go-ahead after winning support from residents.
The idea was approved by Worcestershire County Council's decision-making cabinet last Thursday (October 18) and now the proposal just needs to be rubber-stamped at the council's next meeting in November.
Paul Essenhigh, headteacher at Catshill Middle School, offered to host the service and the plan was backed by more than 80 residents during a 12 week consultation.
The new library would be led by volunteers, trained and supported by the county council's Libraries and Learning Service.
More than 50 people have expressed an interest in getting involved.
The county council is looking to shed £1.8million from its budget for library services over the next few years and claims Catshill is the least used in Worcestershire.
Coun John Campion, responsible for libraries and learning on the council, said: "Catshill Library in its current form just isn't financially viable.
"For those who do use it it’s a valued service, which is why we set about working with the local school to think of an alternative way of providing a local library in the village which was more cost effective.
"We believe the solution is a really innovative option and we're pleased this has been well received by the majority of those who let us know their thoughts."
Coun Sheila Blagg, who represents the area, also backed the move.
"The library users and residents made a number of very helpful suggestions on what they would like to see in the newly located building."
She added the service could even be enhanced as a result of the move which may see the library run exhibitions, classes and reading groups which had been requested by residents.
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