Outcome of CAR consultation

The Community Access Review is being implemented in phases. There are seven localities in the first phase of the review – Yatton, Congresbury, Winscombe, Worle, Long Ashton, Pill and Weston South (Bournville and Oldmixon).

A 12-week public consultation took place last year giving everyone the chance to have their say on the proposals.

Following this consultation a report went to the council’s Executive in December for a final decision on how to proceed.

The changes agreed by Executive will see £820,000 invested in improving buildings and services and longer opening hours at many libraries.

Separate libraries and children’s centres will be retained in some areas, library and children’s centre services will be merged in other areas and opening hours will be increased at six premises in the evenings and at weekends.

New opening hours

As part of the review opening hours at some libraries will be changing from Sunday 2 July.

Self-Service

Further changes will take place later this year when a self-service swipe card access system called Open+ is installed at six libraries – Portishead, Long Ashton, Yatton, Worle, Winscombe and Clevedon. The Open+ project means that weekly library opening hours at these sites will significantly increase.

Other changes

Congresbury – transfer the library to Congresbury Parish Council to run with support from community volunteers from 1 July 2017.
Long Ashton – keep the library and children’s centre in separate buildings and increase library opening hours by introducing self-service system.
Pill – move the children’s centre into the library building, refurbish this building and area outside. To enable the refurbishment to take place the library temporarily closed on Saturday 15 April. A provisional re-opening date has now been set for Tuesday 22 August when both the library and children’s centre services will be available on the same site. While the library is closed there is a temporary pop-up library in Pill at the Salvation Army in Heywood Road every Friday until 11 August. Crockerne Children’s Centre will remain open as usual until Thursday 10 August. For more information see our press release.

Weston South – retain the Oldmixon Family Centre and the children’s centre/library at the For All Healthy Living Centre (HLC) and create a library access point at Oldmixon Family Centre. At the HLC access between the children’s centre will also be improved by creating a doorway in from the library.
Winscombe – introduce self-service system to increase library opening hours.
Worle – move the library into the children’s centre building in Mendip Avenue, refurbish this building and introduce self-service system to increase opening hours. The children’s centre is now closed to enable the necessary building alterations to take place and activities have been moved to other locations in the area.

The existing library is scheduled to close on Friday 28 July with a provisional opening date for Worle library and children’s centre in Mendip Avenue of Monday 14 August.

Yatton – move the children’s centre into the library building in Yatton High Street, refurbish this building and introduce self-service system to increase opening hours. To enable the refurbishment work to take place, the library temporarily closed on Saturday 29 April with a provisional re-opening date of Tuesday 29 August. While the library is closed the mobile library will stop at Hangstones Pavilion in Stowey Road, Yatton every Thursday morning from 9.30am-11am, excluding 6 July. The parish council office will also temporarily move to Hangstones Pavilion. Activities will continue to run at Yatton Moor Children’s Centre until the end of July with services resuming in August at the library. See our press release for more information.