Presenting: the Friends of Higham Hill Library!

After more than a year of hard work and (pretty successful) campaigning we have set up the Friends of Higham Hill Library so that we can continue to promote and protect our lovely local library.

Forming a more official friends group means that we can clearly state who we are and what we intend to do. We have formed a steering group, written a constitution and we have a fabulous new logo!

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excellent new logo
  • Who are we? The Friends of Higham Hill Library are a group of local people who use and care about Higham Hill Library, and the service it provides to the community of Higham Hill and the surrounding area of Walthamstow.
  • What do we do? The Friends are committed to ensuring that the existing Higham Hill Library building and the library service within it are protected, maintained and improved, now and for the future. The Friends believe that Higham Hill Library should continue to be maintained by the local-authority and that Waltham Forest Council should be responsible for the management of the staff, services and stock.

(The full constitution can be read here: The Friends of HH Library constitution)

Join up! (make sure you have a library card)

Join in! (come to an event, run a club, help out)

Join us!(be a Friend to Higham Hill Library)

You can find information about the Friends of Higham Hill Library events and activities here on the website, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/HighamHilLibrary/ or on Twitter  twitter.com/Save_HH_Library to show your support.

For information about the library service, library cards, book enquiries etc please use the official council web pages here: Higham Hill Library and here What’s on at your library.

If you want to get in contact with the Friends, email us here: friendsofHHlibrary@gmail.com.

 

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The LBWF library consultation ends on 31st January 2017. Take part in the survey NOW to keep our local libraries…

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Have you filled in the second council library consultation survey? (Did you even know there was a second one to fill in?!)

Please take part (even if you did the last one!) and let the Council know that you want them to keep your libraries where they are, and invest in them.

The Council’s survey is online here:

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/28DGH37 

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!


Higham Hill Library – definitely an Asset of Community Value!

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Blue Plaque for Higham Hill Library made specially by artist Danny Coope

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

Don’t move it  – improve it!