Library Decision

Really interesting Suffolk Cabinet meeting yesterday, lots of people asking questions and sharing their opinions about the Library proposals. It seems to me the acid test will be in a few years time as to the library usage. I have watched other county services simply address the savings needed by opening less which to my mind is hardly the way to make the libraries more relevant to peoples lives.

The great challenge now is not so much the savings that must be made, as I personally think the proposals will achieve those, but the degree to which the energy displayed in the debate on the Library service future continues and local residents make Libraries more relevant in community life and that will be self evident by the number of users registered and borrowings.

It seems to me the library service is outstanding, money has historically been lavished on it, my local library is outstanding, bright, modern, very well equipped and with a great member of staff. Yet it has 420 registered users, 1000 people signed the petition which ran for weeks and weeks in the local Co-op and the local newsagents, 80 people turned up at the public meeting called weeks in advance and extremely well advertised and I now have 6 people on the working party looking at how we get more involved, which is great; but the challenge ahead is to get far more of the 5,000 people who live in my home village engaged, using the library to borrow a book, log onto the internet or simply read the papers, that will be the true measure of all the debate.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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