Review of children’s centres and libraries

We are committed to running children’s centre and library services. While the aim is to keep some level of library or children’s centre offer in every community, this has to be affordable within our reduced budgets.

Having made £500,000 savings in operating costs in 2017/18, we now have to find further savings of £175,000 in children’s centres and £260,000 in the library service over the next two years.

In order to meet these targets changes have been made to a few of our children’s centres and are proposed in some of our libraries.

Children’s centres

Following public consultation a number of changes were agreed at the Executive meeting in June.

Libraries

The proposals include relocating one or both of the libraries in Clevedon and Nailsea to smaller town centre premises or alternative shared facilities and increasing the opening hours, either in partnership with other service providers or by installing a self-service system. Community consultation will include an option to temporarily reduce opening hours (in line with current usage) to make sure services are delivered within budget and to allow time to find a long-term affordable solution for libraries in these communities.

Long Ashton Library has closed permanently. The mobile library now visits the car park at Long Ashton Community Centre in Keedwell Hill every Tuesday from 2.30-4.30pm and every Friday from 9.30-11.30am. In addition, starting in the spring ‘pop up’ library events and activities, such as storytimes and rhymetimes for younger children, will be held at venues in the village. See our press release for more information.

Equality Impact Assessments

Full Equality Impact Assessments were undertaken for all of the library and children’s centre proposals.