We're open for longer at library and post office
David Halton, chair of the volunteer management committee, with Trish Hubbard, post office clerk, outside Saltford Community Library and Post Office on the A4 Bath Road
SALTFORD Community Library and Post Office is extending its opening hours.
The new timetable, introduced at the start of the facility’s second year, is aimed at meeting the needs of school children and local businesses.
The opening hours will be Monday-Wednesday 9am-5pm (closed for lunch 1pm-2pm) and Friday 9am-5pm (closed for lunch 1pm-2pm), and Saturday 9am-noon. It will be closed on Thursdays and Sundays.
Saltford Parish Council has committed £4,000 and Saltford Community Association £2,000 to fund the additional hours, which will start from Monday November 4.
Organisers said that after consulting residents, library volunteers and the Saltford Post Office clerks, they had found that school children could only access the library after school on a Monday or on a Saturday morning. Now they will be able to access library services after school four times a week as well as Saturday mornings.
Also, businesses had indicated that the hours did not meet their needs and they would prefer the post office to be open at the end of the working day. The change has been approved by Post Office Ltd.
Saltford Parish Council chair Chris Warren said the additional funding had been unanimously approved.
“The parish council have supported this key community amenity since its inception and have high praise for the efforts of the management committee whose hard work is evident. The parish council is pleased to provide financial assistance so that Saltford’s residents and businesses have better access – and can benefit from - the services offered.”
David Halton, chair of the volunteer management committee, said library volunteers had also come together to support the longer hours, including several new volunteers who have stepped forward to help fill the increased number of shifts on the rota.