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Bishop concerned about library closures

Bishop concerned about library closures

The Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby, has expressed his disappointment that more than a quarter of libraries in East Sussex are to close.

Bishop Sowerby, who chairs the Diocese of Chichester Board of Education, warned that young people would be particularly affected.

"I naturally regret any diminution of the library service, particularly where it restricts the access of young people to resources, " said the Bishop today.

He added: "Some young people are short of resources as well as time to travel greater distances on public transport. Anything that combines with the constraints on school budgets to disadvantage the education of our young people is a matter of serious concern."

Seven of the 24 libraries in East Sussex are to close saving £653,000 following a final decision taken by the Council last week.

The Bishop said that he was aware that there had been a consultation and that funds were limited but said that he was genuinely concerned about the well-being of young people and the resources available to them.

He said: "Of course politicians have to make difficult decisions all of the time with regards to expenditure but we should all be concerned that there remain adequate resources of all kinds for teaching and nurture across the County".