A recently released report outlines the council's continued support for museums, libraries and archives with a commitment to continue with current standards including opening times and no closures.

The report, which will be discussed by the council's Cabinet meeting on Thursday 28 June, also includes an investment in Hereford Library of up to £230k along with a series of measures to support the long term viability of the services.

One of the measures includes exploring the possibility of the services being operated by an external partner, in a similar way to how the Courtyard and Halo run arts and leisure facilities in the county. The services cost £1.7m to run and this presents an opportunity for sharing costs whilst keeping current service levels or even developing them further to meet changing customer demands and needs.

Under considerable budget pressure on local authorities, the county has retained all its libraries and Herefordshire Council in the last three years has actually invested in sites including a new Archive and Record Centre, new library for Ledbury, refurbishments at the Black and White House Museum and the libraries of Hereford, Ross and Kington with planned works at Leominster Library later in the year.

Published: Friday, 22nd June 2018