Harlow Council to discuss libraries and respite centre concerns at meeting

Harlow Council / Mon 17th Dec 2018 at 09:40am

HARLOW councillors are set to discuss possible closures of libraries and respite centres at their final meeting of the year.

The meeting will take place at 7.30pm in the civic offices, Water Gardens, Harlow.

Libraries in Harlow
Proposed by Councillor Shannon Jezzard (seconded by Councillor Mark Ingall):

“This Council is concerned by Essex County Council’s plans to close public libraries in Harlow. Libraries are vital to promoting literacy and fostering a love of reading amongst all people. They are used by pre-school children taking their first steps towards reading, those at the other end of the school journey and by young adults studying for their exams. Libraries also provide essential services for the least well off in society, providing computer access to people looking for jobs and accommodation, completing Universal Credit forms and for those filling out online school admission applications. This Council believes that library closures run counter to the County’s health and wellbeing agenda and therefore requests that the Leader of the Council writes to the County Council urging it to keep all of Harlow’s libraries open.”

Maples Respite Care Home
Proposed by Councillor Chris Vince (seconded by Councillor Jean Clark):

“This Council is dismayed by Essex County Council’s plans to halve the number of beds in the Maples Respite care home in Little Parndon. Respite care is a vital resource for parents who have children with complex needs. Unlike alternatives, like child minding, centres like the Maples provide specialist support to children with a variety of needs and ensures they are provided with the stimulating environment that they need. This Council requests the Leader of the Council to write a letter to Essex County Council describing the benefits of this service and asking them to reconsider any proposed cuts.”


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1 Comment for Harlow Council to discuss libraries and respite centre concerns at meeting:

2018-12-17 16:55:19

Members would better spend their time looking at and following up an article on the BBC's website today to find out how a London Borough has transformed it's Libraries and increased their footfall as a result. Instead of sending a letter to ECC, they should be acting as 'community champions' and bring together local groups who might want to share space in the libraries and thus share the costs involved in providing a library service. It was made clear by ECC officers at Staple Tye library last week, that ECC would be reactive to suggestions received but would not be proactive in finding them, other than holding the consultation exhibitions now being held. Bottom line ..... come up with practical solutions or they close.

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