Budget savings to hit East Lothian libraries

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Communities across the county are facing the loss of evening library sessions as part of budget savings by East Lothian Council.

The News can reveal that Musselburgh, Wallyford, Haddington, Longniddry, Port Seton, Gullane and East Linton are all likely to be affected when cuts are made at the beginning of December.

The move by the council’s Labour-led administration has been slammed by opposition SNP councillors in Musselburgh – which has one of the county’s busiest libraries.

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They say the cuts – being imposed without consultation – will strike at the heart of communities, where many residents still rely on their libraries for internet access as well as traditional services.

The decision was intimated by officers in an email message to local councillors, which highlighted the need to make “significant budget savings” over the next three years.

Full story in this week’s East Lothian News and Musselburgh News, on sale now.

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