First sight of council’s libraries report

Published 21 June 2011

Residents are being invited to discuss the council’s report on the future of the borough’s library services.

Boys reading library books

The council’s overview and scrutiny committee will meet on Tuesday, 28 June at 7pm in Ealing Town Hall to discuss a detailed report that outlines its proposals to develop the borough’s library services.

The cabinet report has been published early to give people the opportunity to look at it before the meeting.  It includes the results of a six-week public consultation that more than 3,000 residents and library users took part in. The committee will explore options for how libraries could be run in the future.

Leader of the council, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “The consultation highlighted two things, residents’ passion for the libraries and some interesting concepts for the council to consider working with community organisations to deliver the services. We will continue to explore these options over the coming months.

“We are determined to deliver a high-quality library service that serves all residents across the borough. This meeting is the first opportunity to look at how we can work with volunteers and community groups.

“We have been committed to asking residents’ views before making any decisions. This meeting is the next step of the process.” 

The meeting being held in the Liz Cantell room of Ealing Town Hall is open to members of the public. Anyone wishing to ask specific questions or to speak at the meeting must contact Keith Fraser, head of scrutiny and committees on 020 8825 7497 or email fraserk@ealing.gov.uk by midday on Monday, 27 June.

Recommendations from the meeting will be presented to the council’s cabinet when they consider the report at their meeting on Tuesday, 5 July at 7pm in Ealing Town Hall.