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VIDEO: Users of Surrey Performing Arts Library may be able to run the service

Surrey’s performing arts library is set to be moved to a new home to ensure its stock is kept together while the county council works with a new charity on plans for users to run the service themselves.

Proposals for securing the future of the performing arts library while making savings for Surrey taxpayers will be considered by the county council’s Cabinet next week.

The complete collection is set to be moved to Ewell Library, and will continue to be available for members to borrow, while the county council helps the user-led charity NewSPAL develop a business plan to take on the running of the performing arts library. The plan would then be considered by Cabinet later in the year. More information can be found here.

Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “This is about making sure we keep the library’s collections together while we work with the charity NewSPAL to help them build a case to run it themselves.

“People told us they wanted the library to stay in one place and we’ve worked hard on proposals that achieve that while also making savings for Surrey taxpayers.

“There could be further benefits from enabling a community partner to take over the running of the library – such as giving users the power to tailor the service to their needs and attracting funding not available to councils – so we’re proposing to work with NewSPAL over the next couple of months on the business plan they’re developing.

“This is a valued specialist service and I’m pleased to be putting forward proposals to secure its future.”

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