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Save Ealing’s Seven Libraries
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We call on Ealing Council to commit to keeping the following seven Libraries: Greenford; Hanwell; Northfields; Perivale; Pitshanger; West Ealing and Wood End open given their recent announcement that council support will be withdrawn.

We ask Ealing Council to pledge that if no viable community organisation comes forward to take over the running of these libraries, that they will continue to keep the libraries open, so that residents are able to keep using this valuable community resource.

 

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Friday, 22 February 2019
Saturday, 23 March 2019
Seema Kumar
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Paul Abbott
Katrina Adair
Rosalyn Adams
Catherine Adcock
Sarah Adkins
Saliha Afzal
Andrew Aglionby
Kathleen Agnew
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Ealing Council acknowledges your petition and will include this response as part of the consultation on Ealing libraries.

 

The council is committed to keeping its libraries open. The council is faced with significant cuts to its budget and has to make difficult choices on the way it delivers public services in the future. For every £1 the council received from central government ten years ago that £1 is worth 36pence in real terms. This is a reduction of £143.7m since 2010 in the council’s budget for delivering public services.

 

To continue providing services it has to look at different ways of working, including partnering with residents and the community to ensure that locally based services, such as libraries can be provided but in a different way.

 

The proposal is that in the future 6 libraries (Acton, Central, Northolt, Southall, Jubilee Gardens and Northolt Leisure) are directly run by the Ealing Library Service. Our proposal is that the 7 local branch libraries (Greenford, Hanwell, Northfields, Perivale, Pitshanger, Wood End and West Ealing) are made available to be run as community managed libraries by the local community. If no community partners come forward, then the libraries would close.

 

To give the best possible chance for community managed libraries to thrive, the council would still provide some investment to cover basic costs, provide book stock and access to IT, the Ealing library card and expertise from the library service.

 

There will be a call for expressions of interest in partnering with the council to run a community managed library. Information on how to do this will be posted on the council website in April and include information on the seven libraries potentially available as community managed libraries. Expressions of interest must be received by 31 May 2019.

Expressions of interest will be non-binding on the council and the organisation/groups who submit expressions of interest. However, it will give us a good indication of the level of interest from the community in running a local branch library in the seven areas.

 

In July, Cabinet will consider the results of the Library Service consultation and the final draft of the Ealing Library Strategy. Should cabinet decide to proceed with the proposals for change, formal applications will be invited from the community to apply to run community managed libraries. This will require a business case and setting out what the wider offer to the neighbourhood would be if they were successful in operating a community managed library.

 

If no viable community organisations come forward, then any of the 7 libraries would close. The 6 council run libraries would continue to operate and users of the library service would still be able to borrow books and enjoy the benefits of the library offer across the borough.


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