Local people shaping local services

THURROCK Council’s cabinet is expected to support a plan to open a series of discussions with local people about how they want to see library services develop in the future.

The move follows a Let’s Talk — Thurrock Libraries survey held in September and October 2011, which made several suggestions and comments about the current service.

Across the country, councils have been grappling with what to do with their libraries. Thurrock Council will be organising a series of conversations in different parts of the borough to talk to local communities and community groups to find out what is important to them.

Cllr Lynn Worrall, portfolio holder for Community, Culture and Leisure, said: “We want to talk with local communities about how they want to see the services provided by our marvellous libraries delivered in the future — building on the comments and suggestions of previous surveys.”

She said: “Thurrock offers a wide range of services and we want to make sure they are fit for the 21st century.

“We want local people to be the architects of local services, helping to shape the whole experience in a way that meets their needs and aspirations and reflects their lifestyles.

“In order to do that we have to talk with, listen to, and act on what they say.”

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