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Last chance to have say on libraries

PUBLISHED: 10:22 30 January 2015 | UPDATED: 10:22 30 January 2015

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Community Management proposals in spotlight

THERE are just a few days left to have your say on the future of Bromley’s library service.

Consultation got underway in December and runs until Monday, February 2, with the survey available at www.bromley.gov.uk/libraries and in your local library.

Library users can provide their views on proposals for Community Management at the six community libraries in the borough and market testing for the management of the core service. The consultation follows a review of the library service which includes these options to modernise the service and make improvements, while making savings and protecting the core service. For more information and to comment via the survey visit the website.

“I would encourage all library users to visit the website to fill in a survey or help will be available if required at your local library. We are committed to doing all we can to keep libraries open while having to make very tough decisions in these difficult financial times. The proposals for Community Management of some libraries and market testing of the core service will allow us to maintain a modern and efficient service” said Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation.

Consultation is ongoing with library users and staff until this Monday (February 2) on the development of Community Management options at the borough’s Community Libraries which are Burnt Ash, Hayes, Mottingham, Shortlands, Southborough and St Paul’s Cray.

This option aims to enable these libraries to remain open and tailored to the needs of the local community, despite the current financial restraints faced. The results of the consultation will be considered in Spring 2015.

Consultation is also underway regarding the market testing of the core service in order to protect the service, keeping libraries open, while making savings. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the core library service will be subject to a full outsourcing market testing exercise, which will be taken in line with any decisions taken regarding the Community Library management options.

Around the borough, recent investment into a modern library service includes the new Penge library which opened in August, the Biggin Hill dual use library and swimming pool which opened in 2010 and the new Orpington library which opened in July 2011, with increased visitor numbers and book borrowing.

For further information visit www.bromley.gov.uk/libraries.

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