Connecting Communities – Phase 1 – Proposal 7 – Community Library Opening
CONNECTING COMMUNITIES PHASE 1 CONSULTATION
PROPOSAL 7 – COMMUNITY LIBRARY OPENING HOURS
What is this Consultation?
The purpose of this consultation is to invite discussion on the challenges facing Coventry
City Council on a set of ten proposals for: libraries,
play centres, public conveniences,
community centres and the youth commissioning budget as we consider making changes
to the way our services are delivered from 2016/17. The consultation will take place from
7th December 2015 (9am) to 1st February 2016 (5pm) subject to any changes.
What is the issue?
We are making proposals against a backdrop of spending cuts that will see our
government grant cut by half by 2017. We have no choice about reducing services and
making tough decisions against the stark reali
ty of having to deliver services with at least
£250 per head less to spend on every man, woman and child in Coventry than we had in
2010. This will call for wide-
scale transformation of services, focused on the communities
and neighbourhoods that need our
support, using innovative ways of delivering services
that are very different to the ways we’ve delivered them in the past.
The proposals will not mean the widespread closure of libraries. We still have to make
difficult choices but we’ve listened to Cove
ntry peoples’ views and are committed to
finding new ways of working with communities to provide library services.
The proposals also include the establishment of a widespread engagement programme
to seek views on how the Council can make best use of its
remaining resources, share
ideas and explore opportunities to combine resources, better understand the extent to
which complementary community provision can be developed and explore the potential
role of local communities in the provision of existing Council services.
How much does the Council need to save?
These would enable £1.2million worth of savings to be delivered in 2016/17.
So who will this affect?
Although these proposals are not as wide-
ranging (in terms of large scale closures of
facilities like libraries) they will have an impact on residents.
Proposals for change
We are consulting on the following ten proposals. These are as follows:
For the Council to stop providing play activities at Edgewick and Eagle
Street Play Centres
and to explore the option for them to be used for nursery provision
for 2, 3 and 4 year olds instead.
Proposal 2: To end delivery of library services from the Arena Park Library facility (and