Essex County Council Future Libraries Strategy 2019 - 2024
Please see below summary of actions taken to date regarding the ECC Libraries Strategy proposals.
29th November 2018
ECC publish Essex Future Libraries Strategy Consultation 2019-24. Consultation ran from 29th November to 20th February 2019.
24th January 2019
Hockley Parish Council voted to submit a formal letter to Cllr Sue Barker, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Customer and Corporate, challenging the proposal to downgrade Hockley Library and inviting her to attend a meeting with the residents.
29th January 2019
Response received by Hockley Parish Council from Cllr Barker ECC acknowledging our letter and declining to attend a public meeting.
14th February 2019
Parish Councils invited to attend Draft Library Strategy Engagement Workshops held by ECC to receive an update on the Libraries Services Consultation and the future proposals. Opposition from Parish Councils affected across Essex was evident. Concerns raised at the Workshops have been taken back to ECC for consideration.
18th February 2019
County Cllr Weston, Chairman of Hockley Parish Council & Clerk invited to an informal meeting with County Cllr Barker at County Hall. County Cllr Weston submitted a formal report to Cllr Barker challenging the statistics that supported the decision to downgrade Hockley Library to Tier 3 and Hullbridge Library to Tier 4. Cllr Barker advised that the challenge to the interpretation of the statistics would be presented to the Cabinet. No action taken until information reported to Parish Councillors for consideration at their meeting on 18th March 2019.
12th March 2019
ECC announce a Special Full County Council Meeting to debate the public and political opposition to the Library Strategy.
18th March 2019
Hockley Parish Council Full Council Meeting – No action to be taken until further information available from ECC. County Cllr Weston to keep Hockley & Hullbridge Parish Councils informed of developments.
To be an agenda item at May Full Council Meeting. Deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest 18th June 2019.
9th July 2019
A positive update from Essex County Council regarding the potential Library Closure. Today, Cllr David Finch announced the outcome of the public consultation on the Future Libraries Strategy. No libraries will close.
“The Strategy has changed drastically due to what the people of Essex told us, information regarding the changes will be published on 15th July.”