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Shock as Harlow libraries could close

News / Wed 14th Nov 2018 at 06:44pm

A NUMBER of Harlow’s much loved libraries could be set to close.

Essex County Council has announced that they are to open a period of consultation.

The two Harlow libraries are Tye Green in Bush Fair and Mark Hall library in The Stow.

Twenty-five libraries earmarked for closure include:

Mark Hall, Harlow
Tye Green, Harlow

Fryerns, Basildon
Vange
Hatfield Peverel
Kelvedon
Prettygate, Colchester
Southminster
Wickham Bishops
Holland on Sea
Sible Hedingham
Silver End
Broomfield
Danbury
Galleywood
Stock
Writtle
Buckhurst Hill
Chigwell
Debden
North Weald
Great Wakering
Hullbridge
Stansted
Thaxted

Nineteen other libraries including Stanway, Tiptree, Wivenhoe, West Mersea, Walton, Brightlingsea, Manningtree and West Clacton also face closure within the next two years.

The council says it would save any of those 44 libraries if community groups are willing to step in to run them.

Remaining libraries would serve as “hubs” in main towns such as Colchester, Clacton and Basildon, and continue to be managed by the council but with opening hours cut to 40 per week.

Other, smaller libraries the council believes should stay open but would do so with “volunteer support” would open between 16 to 32 hours a week.

Many of these are currently open up to 50 hours a week.

Consultation findings will be published and any changes proposed considered in June 2019.

Drop in sessions will be held at every library providing an opportunity to ask questions, complete the consultation and find out more.

Visit www.essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation.

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4 Comments for Shock as Harlow libraries could close:

m ingall
2018-11-15 08:32:56

Well run, modern Libraries are an essential part of a thriving community, they encourage a love of literacy for people of all ages, but especially the young and the elderly. When properly resourced, they serve as essential community hubs. For residents that can not afford internet access at home libraries allow access to online form filling. Universal Credit forms, job applications and school admissions are now all done in this way. Library closures will disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities. The Tories in Essex Councty Council need to think again.

m ingall
2018-11-15 18:22:41

Well run, modern libraries are an essential part of a thriving community, they encourage a love of literacy for people of all ages, but especially the young and the elderly. When properly resourced, they serve as essential community hubs. For residents that can not afford internet access at home, libraries allow access to online form filling. Universal Credit forms, job applications and school admissions are now all done in this way. Library closures will disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities. The Tories in Essex Councty Council need to think again.

tenpin
2018-11-17 18:40:27

Comments on this subject are now appearing on more than one article on this site, so I won't repeat comments I have made elsewhere. The County can of course say that libraries within a mile or so of the two that might close will remain open. What they do not take account of is the fact that the footfall to The Stow and Bush Fair will fall as a result, which can only have a detrimental effect on local shop keepers. The recent loss of the bank at Bush Fair only adds to the problem. The labour Party say they will fight these closures but give no practical solutions as to how these closures can be avoided. HAP repeats the suggestion it made during it's recent election campaign that Harlow Council opens a contact point for residents in Bush Fair and in view of what is now known, offers to share some of the cost and space.

MickyB77
2018-11-19 11:59:39

Anybody notice the heading banner. COULD, close, not will.

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