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Your views sought on library savings

On 25 February 2016 the Full Council agreed a 3 year budget which included savings to the tune of £27m. These savings need to be found across a number of service areas including libraries.

This consultation is now closed.

Background

You may remember that we asked for views on how to find savings in the library service in summer 2014.  Three options were put forward including reducing opening hours, the closure of either 5 or 11 branch libraries and reducing or changing the mobile library service.  The overwhelming response was to reduce opening hours and keep all 17 branch libraries open.  This is what was implemented.  

At the time the council anticipated that more savings may be required if budgets were reduced. We are now unfortunately in that position and would like your views and ideas.

The current proposal is that the six bigger libraries - Ystradgynlais, Brecon, Llandrindod, Machynlleth, Newtown and Welshpool - and the two mobile library services for North and South Powys will form the cornerstone of the service. 

We need to now find solutions which save at least 50% of local library running costs for the remaining 11 branches or they may have to close. We are looking at relocation or co-location as part of the solution across all branches, but this will not create all of the savings that are required.

Meetings and conversations are taking place about funding with the relevant town and community councils, some groups and schools where co-location could be an option. 

What You Told Us

Over the summer months your views were sought on how to make savings across the 11 smaller branch libraries in Powys.

Just under 650 residents completed the survey and around 170 people attended the drop-in sessions that were organised to allow for views and discussions with the principal librarian.   A further 100 Llanfair Caereinion residents attended a public meeting organised by their local member to express their views.

The feedback has been analysed and below is a branch by branch overview.   

Click on the links below to view feedback for each library:  

We have produced a document showing running costs, number of visitors and other useful information for each of the 11 libraries.

View the running costs document [348KB]

Cabinet will be discussing the feedback and considering what actions need to be taken to ensure the savings target are met and libraries are sustained wherever possible.

View the cabinet report and options which came forward from the public consultation and other local discussions*: 

Cabinet report Oct 4 2016 [340KB]

Appendix A Options update [256KB]

Appendix B Options and Finance Grid [318KB]

Appendix C Services available from your local library [298KB]

Appendix D findings of public consultation [2MB]

Appendix E Impact on precept [333KB]

Appendix F Impact Assessment community partnerships co-locations and alternative management models [642KB]

Appendix F Impact Assessment decommissioning of branch libraries (7 Aug 16) [703KB]

*note these documents are taken from cabinet minutes and are therefore only available in English.

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