Last September the council started a consultation on its vision and people’s aspirations for libraries and the potential for community involvement in the future, which ran in two parts until 31 January 2017. In all the council received a total of 3,533 responses.
Included in this consultation were proposals to relocate Higham Hill and Wood Street libraries and refurbish Lea Bridge library. Originally the council intended to take recommendations to Cabinet for decision in early summer 2017. However, this has been delayed until October 10 so that Cllr Ahsan Khan, who became the new Cabinet member only two months ago, has time to review the consultation responses.
Speaking about the libraries consultation and report, Councillor Ahsan Khan said: “It is my intention to look more closely at the consultation results before making recommendations on Wood Street and Lea Bridge libraries to Cabinet. I can say that my position is that Higham Hill library will not be moved and this will be set out in the report due to be presented to Cabinet in October."