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Bewdley Library proposal given majority thumbs up during recent
The results are back on Worcestershire County Council's public
consultation about future proposals for Bewdley Library.
The County Council launched a public consultation on August 19
and it ended on Thursday, November 7, 2013.
The consultation was carried out after an opportunity arose to
relocate to the new Medical Centre - to be situated in Dog
A total of 81 per cent of people who took part in the
consultation said that they agreed with the County Council's
preferred option that would see the library move into a new,
purpose built building which offers the opportunity of increased
working with other organisations. This option would also provide
improved, joined-up services and a vibrant focal point for the
50 per cent of people said they strongly agreed with the
proposals, a further 30 per cent agreed and only 14 per cent
disagreed. The full results of the survey, which was completed by
173 people, is available by visiting www.worcestershire.gov.uk/bewdleylibrary.
The other two options were to re-locate to Bewdley Museum or St.
George's Hall, or to remain in the existing location which will
become increasingly costly to maintain as the building becomes
older and in need of even more repair.
Being able to relocate the Library into the Health Centre would
enhance the service provision for local people. Potential
improvements and benefits to the service from relocating are:
- Long term sustainability of a Library in Bewdley
- Access to a wider breadth of public services on one site
- Possibility of extension to opening hours
- Access to up to date and well-equipped learning spaces
- Public toilet provision, including baby changing
- Tea and coffee facilities
The proposal for the library is dependent on the Health Centre
going ahead. If the Health Centre does not go ahead, it may mean
that there could be a reduction in opening hours or a mobile
library could be another alternative.
The preferred option would be for a 10 year lease initially and
the proposal would be that the funding of the lease would be from
the sale of the existing site. If planning permission and funding
is granted for the new Medical Centre then expected timescales will
be for completion in September 2015.
The consultation provided local people the opportunity to give
their views on the proposals, with many people taking the
opportunity to do so. Comments ranged from 'I agree that Bewdley
Library should be incorporated with the health centre as it would
help with shared costs' to 'with the Library within the Doctors
surgery, it may provide a wider client platform to encourage people
to use the library whilst at the surgery.'
One respondent said:
"Bewdley, like all communities needs a
library as a central place of learning, cultural and educational
development' and another commented: 'Retention of a library in
Bewdley is essential for the community. It makes sense to have a
number of facilities together. Get the car parking right!"
Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Localism and
Communities, Councillor Lucy Hodgson, said:
"It was very important that the community
had the opportunity to have a say on the future of the library
service in Bewdley and I am delighted at how many people came
forward during the consultation to say that they would consider
being a volunteer."
Councillor John Campion, Worcestershire County Council's Local
Member for Bewdley, added:
"I would like to sincerely thank everyone
who has taken their time to get in touch or fill in the
consultation survey as it is extremely important in the decision
making process and the future of our town's library service."
Please download the Bewdley
Library Questionnaire - final report (PDF 431 KB) for the
full consultation results
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