We Want Your Views on Bedford Borough
Bedford Borough Council is asking for local
views on its libraries to help shape the future of the service.
The public consultation will help the Council
to develop a Library Strategy which will set out the vision for
library services in the Borough over the next few years. To
do this the Council is looking at how people use the Borough’s
libraries: which services are most popular, which services should
be prioritised and how money could be saved going forward.
The Council is keen to get as many responses
as possible from local people and organisations to inform the
process. This stage of the consultation is now open and will run up
to 4th April 2016.
The review comes as Bedford Borough Council
faces further government funding cuts and pressures on its services
which mean savings of over £25 million from its annual budget need
to be made by 2019. This is in addition to the £81 million already
saved since 2010. In common with other Council services, the
Library Service is reviewing everything it does to ensure it is
delivering value for money for the people of Bedford Borough.
Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Cllr
Sarah-Jayne Holland, said: “Across the Council we are looking at
how we operate and how we can deliver further savings on top of the
£81 million already delivered. As part of this we want local views
to help us develop a new strategy for the library service that best
meets the needs of residents.
We are also hoping to hear from local
organisations on what they think the library service should focus
on in the future given the likely reduction in budgets and if any
organisations would like to express an interest in becoming more
involved with our libraries.”