Please complete the online survey if you haven’t already done so. Let the Council know that you want to keep Higham Hill Library where it is and to invest in it for the future. The survey link is here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/28DGH37
According to the Council’s website the report is due to be made public on 3rd March. There will be more to do, but for now fill in the survey and tell them:
There are also paper copies available in your library. The deadline for completion Tuesday 31st January 2017.
When filling in the survey please consider the following:
Survey Q1: “Taking everything into account, to what extent do you agree or disagree with the Council’s preferred option to relocate Higham Hill Library to the Community Hub in Priory Court?”
If you want to keep your local library, please make it clear you: ‘strongly disagree’ with Option 1
The Council’s preference is for ‘Option 1 – Relocation’. This effectively means that Higham Hill Library will be demolished, and Wood Street Library will be sold off and the service massively reduced.
Survey Q3. “Please tell us below if you have any comments on the options for Higham Hill Library (outlined in the table earlier in this survey and on our library consultation website) or if there are any alternative options to this proposal that you would like us to consider.”
We support ‘Option 2 – refurbish and restock’ –
This means the libraries are kept where they are and the Council maintains and invests in them. You can explain your reasons for supporting this here.
Questions 4 & 6 relate to Wood Street Library – and we suggest the same response – strongly disagree with Option 1 and support Option 2 -refurbish and restock.
The survey only takes 10 minutes and it’s our last chance to get our voices heard!
Fantastic news last week for Higham Hill Library- it’s been recognised as an Asset of Community Value, by LBWF! An ACV is “a property of importance to a local community which is subject to additional protection from development under the Localism Act 2011”.
Such brilliant work from the wonderful people in the We love HH Library campaign. Can the Council really bulldoze it now?
Remember to complete the new Library consultation questionnaire asap, and tell the Council exactly why Higham Hill Library is important to you just where it is: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/28DGH37
Following our legal challenges, letter writing campaign and persistent objections at all and any opportunities to the Council’s original and seriously flawed consultation process, they have been forced to address our concerns and back down! This is actually acknowledged in the latest issue of the Council newspaper, where there is full-page advert and article entitled ‘Listening on Libraries’.
The Council have provided a little more information about their proposals, but they still don’t clearly and explicitly state that the Council’s preferred option – Option 1 – results in Higham Hill Library being demolished and replaced with flats. Nor have they changed the many factual errors in their supporting documents and reports. They do, however, admit that the sale of the site will only raise the pathetic sum of £870,000.
Higham Hill Library is worth so much more than that to our local community!
We need to keep pushing to save our historic and much loved library. So what should we all be doing now?
Take part in the new survey – it’s online now: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/28DGH37. Higham Hill Library is the first section. Support OPTION 2 – to refurbish and restock the library. Don’t move it – improve it!
The Council’s plans affect other community organisations and services in the area. Penrhyn Nursery is threatened too…See here for more information in today’s Waltham Forest Guardian: Outrage at Plans threatening nursery’s future