A community charity is set to take on the running of Surrey’s performing arts library under proposals to give the service a new lease of life while also saving money for local taxpayers.
The charity NewSPAL has worked with the council on a business case to take over the library which will be considered at a meeting of the county council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 26 February.
Under the proposals, NewSPAL would manage the collection for a transition period before Cabinet decides whether to make the transfer permanent. Transferring the service to the new charity would “provide the opportunity to re-invigorate the collection”, the proposals say. More information can be found here.
Julie Iles, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning, said: “I’m pleased to be recommending that a charity formed of interested users of the library can begin the process of taking on this valued service to secure its future for the public in Surrey and elsewhere around the country.
“In a climate of rising needs and reducing funding councils can’t provide all the services we have in the past and this proposal is an example of how we can work with community partners to find solutions. We hope it leads to the library being given a new lease of life with the ability to tailor its services more closely to the needs of customers and also seek funding not available to councils.
“The proposals I’m putting forward are testament to the hard work of the charity NewSPAL and their determination to get this off the ground.”