Residents to be consulted on the future of borough libraries

Posted: May 18, 2016

Residents in Bracknell Forest will have the opportunity to have their say on the future of libraries.

Four public meetings will take place around the borough and residents are encouraged to attend to  share their ideas and thoughts about how the council can deliver a good quality, sustainable library service.

The schedule of meetings is as follows:

Sandhurst Community Hall, Sandhurst Memorial Park, Yorktown Rd, Sandhurst, Berkshire GU47 9BJ  – 7 June, 8pm – 10pm

The Parks Community Centre, 8 – 10 Nicholson Park, Bracknell, RG12 9QN – 10 June, 1pm – 3pm

Great Hollands Primary School, Wordsworth, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 8YR – 13 June, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Binfield C of E Primary School, Benetfeld Road, Binfield, Bracknell, RG42 4EW  – 15 June, 7pm – 9pm

For those unable to attend, there are others ways to get involved. From Monday, 23 May, residents will be able to take part in an online survey or pick up a paper copy from local libraries and at council reception points. To take part in the review online, go to: http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/librariesreview

Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection said: “It is important we provide the best library service we can for our residents. We have arranged these four public meetings across the borough to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend.

“The council has been very open about the fact it has tough financial challenges ahead and we can not afford to continue as we are, however, we recognise the importance of the library service to many residents, so we need to be smarter in the way we provide this service and consider new ways of thinking and fresh ideas.

“I would urge everyone who can, to attend one of the meetings to share your ideas about what we can do differently so we can understand the priorities of the local community.”

A dedicated email address has been set up for any comments, questions or suggestions about the library service: library.Review@bracknell-forest.gov.uk and comment cards are also available in all libraries throughout the borough.

Further public consultation will take place during the next stage of the review this autumn.

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