The Council have, at last, made a statement about the Library Locals consultation and the future of our local libraries. The full statement is here: www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/statement-higham-hill-wood-street-and-lea-bridge-libraries
“Originally the council intended to take recommendations to Cabinet for decision in early summer 2017. However, this has been delayed until October 10 so that Cllr Ahsan Khan, who became the new Cabinet member only two months ago, has time to review the consultation responses.”
Councillor Ahsan Khan holds the (new?) portfolio for Libraries, Arts and Culture which covers libraries, the Borough of Culture bid and promoting and building links with arts organisations. It is encouraging that he is taking time to get up to speed with the issues around our libraries and that part of his remit is to build links with the arts – which libraries can play a crucial part in.
Councillor Ahsan Khan said:
“It is my intention to look more closely at the consultation results before making recommendations on Wood Street and Lea Bridge libraries to Cabinet. I can say that my position is that Higham Hill library will not be moved and this will be set out in the report due to be presented to Cabinet in October.”
This is positive for Higham Hill Library. It’s promising that the community value of the library building and location, as well as the library service, has been recognised. Here’s hoping that this same approach will be extended to Wood Street Library, and we look forward to seeing the full report on the consultation, Councillor Khan’s recommendations and the subsequent Cabinet decision in October.