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.

The lease on the library building in Long Ashton expired last year and the existing premises will have to close towards the end of this year. We are now working with Long Ashton Parish Council to consult local residents on what services they would like to see when the current library building closes. See our press release for more information including links to the consultations.

Equality Impact Assessments

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