The Leader of Surrey County Council, David Hodge, today (Tuesday 29 November) announced he was proposing the end of any ‘phase two’ to the plans for community-run libraries.
Mr Hodge said that in line with his promise to listen, learn and reflect on the views of residents he was proposing the change in the council’s plans.
He said it would now be proposed to Cabinet in December that the council’s previous plans to consider turning nine more libraries over to local communities to run, after the performance of the first 10 set for community leadership had been assessed, be dropped. It means the county council will continue to run all 42 remaining libraries.
Speaking at a meeting of the Cabinet, he also outlined the support the county council would offer to groups taking over the running of the 10 libraries. This included a guarantee that an experienced member of the council’s library team would be present in all community-run libraries for at least 20% of their current opening hours to help the groups. A dedicated help line for groups to get advice from the council will also be introduced.