Council roadshows to get your views on library services

Now is your chance to have your say on how changes to the way libraries will be run in Telford and Wrekin will affect you.

Council roadshows to get your views on library services
A series of roadshows starts tomorrow as part of the Council’s consultation on the future of its library services. At the roadshows  you can speak to senior councillors or managers about the plans for the Council’s library services.

Telford & Wrekin needs to make £30 million of cuts over the next two years due to continuing cuts in Government grant; £483,000 a year needs to be cut from its libraries.

Earlier this year, the Council consulted on its budget proposals which included proposals to stop running six of its libraries. After listening to people’s views, the Council will continue to directly run Newport and Madeley libraries although differently from how these operate now. Community organisations have come forward with proposals to run Dawley, Donnington, Hadley and Stirchley libraries from later this year. However the Council must make changes such as opening hours, more use of self service machines and a potential to charge for some services such as ancestry.  

Anyone is welcome to come along to one of these sessions at the following libraries:
  • Tuesday 14 June: Madeley Library - 3pm to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 June: Oakengates Library - 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 16 June: Wellington Library - 11am to 12.30pm
  • Saturday 18 June: Southwater Library - 10.30am to 12pm
  • Monday 20 June: Donnington Library - 12.30pm to 2pm
  • Tuesday 21 June: Stirchley Library - 3pm to 4.30pm
  • Monday 27 June: Hadley Learning Community Library - 2.30pm to 4pm
  • Friday 1 July: Newport Library - 10.30am to 12pm
  • Friday 15 July: Dawley Library - 11.30am to 1pm
Alternatively use the online survey to tell us how these changes will impact on you. This is open until 24 July.

Councillor Liz Clare, cabinet member for Culture, Sports. Parks and Green Spaces, said:   “It is really important that everyone has the opportunity to have their say. We have found ways of keeping all six libraries open and we will continue to do all we can to protect our communities from the effects of these extremely harsh and unfair Government cuts. 

“We need your ideas on opening times and the use of volunteers and self-service machines. You can attend any of the roadshows, you don’t need to go to one in your area. We are happy to hear your comments at any of our libraries.”