Library Services Consultation
You may well have heard that Essex County Council are consulting on a proposed strategy for the future of library services over the next 5 years. This is what they have asked us to say:
"Essex County Council is consulting on its proposed strategy for library services over the next five years. The strategy sets out the priorities for library services, based on public feedback from a county-wide survey of users and non-users earlier in 2018, to shape a service that’s modern, focused and fit for the way we live now and in the future.
The consultation launched on 29 November and lasts 12 weeks until 20 February 2019. During this time there will be information drop-ins at every local library.
Find out more and complete the survey online at essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation."
In the proposals Great Baddow Library is scheduled to stay open, although many libraries are scheduled for closure, including Galleywood. However, we have no guarantees on the level of staffing or opening hours at present, and it seems likely that ECC will only keep to the present opening hours if suppported by the community in some way to supplement staffing. There will be drop-in sessions at each library during the consultation period when there will be the chance to ask questions, and the session at Great Baddow Library is on Thursday 13 December from 11.30am to 1.30pm. We urge residents to take this opportunity to find out more and then respond to the consultation.