Rationale and methodology

The following documents explain the rationale and logic used to develop the consultation proposals for the Libraries Service. They summarise the assessments that we have carried out at this stage. It is important to emphasise that no decisions about the future delivery of library services in any community have been taken at this time and the results of this consultation will be taken into account in our decision-making. No decisions will be made until the results of this consultation (ending 13 June) have been fully analysed and reviewed.

Please look at the area which includes your library. We would encourage you to feedback your views on the rationale and logic set out in this, by completing the questionnaire.

Area 1:  Western Somerset
Dulverton, Minehead, Porlock, Watchet and Williton libraries.

Area 2:  Taunton, Wellington and Surrounds
Bishops Lydeard, Taunton town centre, Taunton Priorswood, Wellington and Wiveliscombe libraries.

Area 3: Bridgwater and Burnham and Surrounding 
Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Highbridge, Nether Stowey and North Petherton libraries.

Area 4: Central Somerset
Glastonbury, Langport, Somerton and Street  libraries.

Area 5: Chard, Crewkerne, Ilminster and surrounding area
Chard, Crewkerne, Ilminster libraries.

Area 6: Yeovil and Surrounds
Martock, Milborne Port, Sunningdale, South Petherton and Yeovil  libraries.

Area 7: South East Somerset
Bruton, Castle Cary, Wincanton Libraries.

Area 8: Frome and Surrounding
Frome library.

Area 9: Wells, Shepton Mallet and Mendip Hills
Cheddar, Shepton Mallet and Wells Libraries.

The ‘Data analysis methodology’ document explains the data sets used to create the spread sheets in the Evidence section.

Data analysis – methodology and data sources