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Catshill residents chance to have their say on community-run library
10:00am Saturday 1st September 2012 in News
CATSHILL residents are being invited to have their say at a consultation event on plans for a community-run library in the village.
Townsfolk are being encouraged to take part in the consultation, which is part of a countrywide review of libraries which seeks to save £1.8 million - 28 per cent - from the service’s current budget.
The approach so far has been to share some library buildings with other services, work closer with partners on the running and delivery of services, and to see where residents could get more involved.
Catshill Library, described by Worcestershire County Council as the most under-used in the county, has just more than 1,000 members, compared with the county average of 9,500 per branch.
A large percentage of the members of the Barley Mow Lane-based library are also members of the larger Bromsgrove Library, in Stratford Road.
The council is keen to help facilitate a service which could be run by local volunteers from nearby Catshill Middle School, in Meadow Road.
Residents are being asked for their thoughts, and to register their interest in playing a part in running the service.
The three month consultation on the proposals started in June and runs until Friday, September 14.
The consultation event is taking place this Wednesday, September 5, between 7-8pm at the school.
The event has been designed to give villagers the opportunity to express their views and to ask questions.
Residents can visit anytime during the hour for a chat, and can complete a questionnaire.
An online questionnaire is available on the council's website, worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries, or search for Catshill Library.
The county council has also organised a feedback event, which will be held following the consultation process on Wednesday, October 3, also between 7-8pm at Catshill Middle School.
This event will let people know the outcome of the consultation process.