Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers

Mayor 2019 - 2020

Clerk: Mrs Sandra Mitcham
The Town Hall, Market Square
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire NN10 8BT

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THE FUTURE OF HIGHAM FERRERS LIBRARY - TOWN COUNCIL TO AGREE A RESPONSE TO THE CONSULTATION

THE FUTURE OF HIGHAM FERRERS LIBRARY - TOWN COUNCIL TO AGREE A RESPONSE TO THE CONSULTATION

On Tuesday evening (26th February) Higham Ferrers Town Council will be discussing the consultation on the future of the Library. Although Northamptonshire County Council has not yet provided any figures in writing for the rental cost of the current building, they are still consulting on the option for a community group to run the service in current building for up to 3 years, whilst a new Community Centre is built, and the service transferred over. There is a well-established community group already providing volunteers to cover some of the opening hours, who are willing to take on the challenge and run the service going forward. However, there is no certainty on whether this is viable until a rental cost is offered and agreed.

The consultation states that the library has relatively low physical visits. However, analysing the data provided in the document 'Libraries Analysis - Assessment of Impact of October 2018 proposals' challenges this statement. Figures indicate that Higham Ferrers performs well particularly against Irthlingborough which is remaining as a statutory library.

The Town Council will be taking into account this conflicting data as well as the lack of information on rental costs when considering their response. A copy of the detailed needs analysis from August 2018. (referred to in Cabinet report December 2018) has been requested, but the County Council has refused to publish it. Councillors are starting to question whether decisions have already been made and whether there is a case for a judicial review.

The Town Council urges all residents to have their say and respond to the consultation on the Libraries which closes on 22nd March 2019.

Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:20 by Sandra Mitcham

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