What future our libraries?


Library bookshelves. Photo credit: Ricardo Esquivel (pexels.com)

Another day, another public consultation!   This time, Havering Council are asking for our opinions on its library service provision.   The biggest proposed change to the way it runs our libraries is to make five of them ‘community run’  – meaning that they will be staffed by volunteers instead of paid employees, but will still receive some “financial and strategic support” from Town Hall.

The five libraries affected are Collier Row, Elm Park, Gidea Park, Harold Wood, and South Hornchurch.  The  ‘community run’  library model has been adopted by many councils across the country in recent years.   This includes our neighbours in  Barking and Dagenham –  although that council also closed a number of its remaining branches  at the same time, something which Havering is not proposing to do.  Yet!

Speaking to the Romford Recorder,  Romford Civic Society head and one-time Conservative councillor Andrew Curtin

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