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»More than 70 posts are set to be axed as Bromley and Bexley’s libraries are one step closer to merging their management.

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The staff consultation began on Monday as library service workers were told that 36 posts could go in Bromley and 35 in Bexley in a bid to save £350,000.

However, proposals include creating 36 proposed new roles under the new joint structure and these will be ringfenced to library staff made redundant.

Bromley is set to keep its mobile library but neighbouring Bexley are planning to scrap its in September.

Cllr Peter Morgan, cabinet member for renewal and recreation, said: “This proposal offers Bromley the opportunity to save considerable sums of money spent on the back office and the real hope that the library service can continue in all locations.

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“We are totally committed to our excellent library service as is demonstrated by our recent successful openings in Biggin Hill and Orpington.”

This comes after more than 4,000 Bromley residents signed petitions in April against the loss of library services ahead of the merger plans.

Options to change library services in Bromley were outlined in February, including proposals to shut eight.

Bromley council workers are now considering recruiting volunteers to assist with the day to day running of libraries.

Bexley councillor and cabinet member for leisure, Peter Catterall, said: “This is the chance to work together in order to maintain a much-loved and used service with reduced costs and minimal impact on our frontline services.”

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