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Library closed for day due to staffing shortage

A library was been forced to temporarily shut due to a staff shortage.

The Brighton and Hove City Council-run centre in Mile Oak, Portslade, did not open on Saturday, December 8 as there were not enough workers to check-in books and restack shelves.

It comes as the local authority is currently recruiting eight permanent staff plus casual workers for the city-wide library service.

Town hall bosses apologised for the inconvenience, adding that they hoped to fill the positions in the coming weeks.

Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of the council’s economic development and culture committee, said: “We would like to apologise that Mile Oak branch library is closed.

“Unscheduled closures in the library service are kept to an absolute minimum – the closure at Mile Oak is an unfortunate exception.

“The vacancy situation will be resolved early in the New Year when we hope to have filled all the advertised posts in the library service.”

Well used

Ward councillor Bob Carden said: “It’s a well-used library so if people can’t change their books on a Saturday, which is a busy day.

“Why has there been a mass-exodus from the library service?”

Dawn Barnett, who represents nearby Hangleton and Knoll ward, said she had been warned last week that Hangleton Library could close for a day.

However, bosses managed to find enough staff to keep it open.

Among the jobs listed on the council’s website include a library manager for 20 hours a week on a salary of up to £23,000 a year.

Seven library assistants are also being recruited on annual salaries of between £15,725 and £16,830.

The application form notes that library workers may be asked to work at any library in the city if required, “sometimes at short notice”.

Mile Oak library, which is temporarily located at Portslade Sports Centre due to a refurbishment, will reopen as usual on Monday.

Anyone wanting to renew their books can call 0303 123 0035 or visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries.

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12:07pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Lady Smith says...

Oh, ring the Queen - What a total non-story, lol! Does anyone honestly think this is the first time ever that a branch library couldn't open FOR ONE DAY because of last-minute staff shortages?
What's that sound I hear - why, it's the sound of reporters and councillors scraping the bottom of the barrel again!
Oh, ring the Queen - What a total non-story, lol! Does anyone honestly think this is the first time ever that a branch library couldn't open FOR ONE DAY because of last-minute staff shortages? What's that sound I hear - why, it's the sound of reporters and councillors scraping the bottom of the barrel again! Lady Smith
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12:33pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The story is that there are a number of vacancies and what may be the hold-up.
The story is that there are a number of vacancies and what may be the hold-up. Maxwell's Ghost
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11:24pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Dave At Home says...

Won't need to worry when Aldridge (PACA) takes control of the new building, they will make the opening times to the public so anti social that it will close permanently. Don't you just love the Council and the councillors who are suppose to looking after the residents and their interests of the area, I hope they feel pretty proud of their actions and how they have treated the residents of Mile Oak, not the most affluent of areas in the City yet the Academy is expecting some of the kids families to fork out over £2500 so their little Johnnies can go to Costa Rica next year on a 'fact building' trip. Maybe if the library was kept open they could read about Costa Rica without going there.
Won't need to worry when Aldridge (PACA) takes control of the new building, they will make the opening times to the public so anti social that it will close permanently. Don't you just love the Council and the councillors who are suppose to looking after the residents and their interests of the area, I hope they feel pretty proud of their actions and how they have treated the residents of Mile Oak, not the most affluent of areas in the City yet the Academy is expecting some of the kids families to fork out over £2500 so their little Johnnies can go to Costa Rica next year on a 'fact building' trip. Maybe if the library was kept open they could read about Costa Rica without going there. Dave At Home
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