Have your say on the future of Thurrock libraries

AS part of Thurrock Council’s money saving initiatives for the coming financial year, local people are being asked for their views on the borough’s library service.

The service is being expected to save over £½ million from its budget for next year and into the future and the issue was discussed at an overview and scrutiny committee earlier in January.

Some changes have already taken place – sharing library buildings with community hubs in South Ockendon and Chadwell St Mary, for example – but further savings are needed.

The consultation, which runs until Sunday, 15 February, discusses four main proposals, including reducing the number of libraries and creating a smaller network; closing down the mobile library service which has low usage – but continuing with the popular Homelink Service; and developing shared delivery of services with community hubs.

The fourth suggestion gives an opportunity for people to put forward proposals to run local libraries and to seek funding to support them.

Paper copies of the consultation documents are available by asking at local libraries or people can complete the consultation online by going to the libraries section of the council’s website (www.thurropck.gov.uk/libraries).

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