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Which communities have offered to run endangered libraries?

June 22, 2019 12:53 PM


Lib Dem Councillor David Kendall (Brentwood) has asked the Essex CC Cabinet Member for Customer and Communities for an update on which communities have offered to run the libraries under threat of closure.

David questioned when members will be given detail of the offers and arrangements.

Reply from the Cabinet Member for Customer and Communities:

'In parallel with the consultation on the draft libraries strategy Council has welcomed expressions of interest from community groups etc who may want to take on the library. We have received 51 Expressions of Interest across proposed tier 3 and tier 4 libraries, which put forward proposals to establish community library services. As of 7th May, only three locations within tier 3 and seven in tier 4 are yet to receive an expression of interest. We are keen to get EOIs from the community for every single tier 3 and 4 library. The Community Library Services team continue to actively seek out potential interested parties in these locations to encourage EOI submissions, this includes engaging with local members, village trusts, the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC), and the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE).

Following the consultation, the Future Library Strategy is still being finalised. Further information on expressions of interest will be communicated in due course. The community library services delivery model and support offer is in the process of being developed and will be made available once the final strategy has been approved.

The Community Library Services team have actively engaged with parish councils and community groups and are developing information packs to assist in the development of proposals.

Information regarding community library services and the process by which they will be delivered is available on the Community Library Services webpage, which will continue to be updated. This can be accessed at the below link

I would welcome opportunities to discuss the future of any proposed tier 3 and 4 library with the local Councillor and representatives from the community'