Thousands respond to controversial library service consultation launched by council

By Suzi Muston in Community News

In September 2016 Waltham Forest Council launched a public consultation to seek the views of residents on library Local services.

The consultation closed on January 31 2017, after being extended to give residents more time to have their say.

The council is now preparing a detailed briefing that will be part of the report that is presented to cabinet.

It had been hoped that this report could be presented at Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet in March 2017, however officers have asked Scrutiny that the Scrutiny meeting be rescheduled to allow the results of the consultation to be considered in more detail.

Cllr Sharon Waldron, cabinet member for digital and customer services said: “We received over 2,000 responses to the public consultation, and I would like to thank everyone who took part and gave their views.

“We want to ensure that all the feedback we received is given proper consideration, so we are taking more time to prepare the report that will be presented to Cabinet. We have been very clear from the start of this process that we are committed to listening to residents.

“We know how well-loved our library service is and this has been clearly evidenced by the response to the consultation. Through this process we want to ensure that future improvements to Library Locals will help to create a library service for everyone.. Residents deserve a high quality, 21st Century library service that meets their needs and is easily accessible.”

The council is now in the process of confirming dates for the presentation of the report, and these will be published as soon as they are available.

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