Surrey Libraries Review Goes With Original Decision


On March 1st 2011 Surrey County Council Cabinet debated “Safer and Stronger Communities Committee” request for Cabinet to rethink the decision to turn eleven libraries into “community partnered libraries” (increased use of volunteers) and remove the mobile library service. The original decision was upheld by Cabinet and the full webcast of the meeting can be viewed here (15:56 – 1:11:38).

The decision to remove mobile libraries remains open for consultation until the end of March 2011 and the “community partnered libraries” until June 2011.

Dr Andrew Povey suggested that at the end of the day service provision for all libraries may mean “Eleven different solutions will be the case.” depending upon the community partnership proposal.

There is no definite indication as to what will happen to the 11 libraries if community partnerships are not put in place.

(Apologies: This blog post failed to be published as originally scheduled. Typical!)


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