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!
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.
Help us turn Higham Hill Library into an underwater world! Children’s art activities will take place on Saturdays during the Art Trail to create a mural and make some crafty sea creatures and plants!
Every Saturday of the E17 Art Trail (3rd, 10th and 17th June, 10am to 4pm), Higham Hill Library, (venue 20 on the William Morris Trail) will be running children’s craft activities (aimed at 4 to 10 year olds) on the theme of oceans and seas. Throughout the day children can add their decorated sea-creatures to the undersea mural and take part in some fun making activities to take home, or hang up in the Library to create an undersea world. Each week the mural will grow as we add to a shoal of fish, a bale of turtles , a fluther of jellyfish, and perhaps the odd deep-sea anglerfish!
Library users can check out the sea-themed book displays, collect a fact sheet and try the quiz.
In addition, on the three Fridays (2nd, 9th and 16th June) of the E17 Art Trail, the ‘Stories & Rhymes’ sessions for under fours will have an underwater theme too. They run as usual on Fridays at 10.15 – 11 am and at 11.15 – 12 noon. Please note that space is limited to 30 for Stories and Rhymes and these sessions are extremely popular.
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
Waltham Forest council wrote over 200 pages to support its proposal to knock down the historic Higham Hill Library building, and move it to a new build on Priory Court estate. But they failed to mention that the plan also threatens up to 1500m² of local green space!