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. The new Pill Library and Children’s Centre is now open.

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 new Worle Library and Children’s Centre is now open.

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. The new Yatton Library and Children’s Centre is now open.