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Essex County Council Future Libraries Strategy 2019 - 2024

Hockley Library

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.

28th January 2019

Letter to Hockley Parish Council from Mark Francois MP for Rayleigh & Wickford

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.

20th February 2019

Letter sent to ECC by Mark Francois MP for Rayleigh & Wickford.

25th February 2019

Hockley Parish Council Chairman’s Report circulated to all members for Full Parish Council 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.

12th March 2019

County Cllr Carole Weston’s Presentation to ECC at the Special Full County Council Meeting.

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.

7th June 2019

Rayleigh & Rochford MP Mark Francois took a delegation from Hockley and Hullbridge with him to a meeting he had arranged with County Cllr Barker at ECC to discuss the library proposals.

7.6.19 Notes Hockley Library Visit to ECC

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.”

17th July 2019

Revised Libraries Strategy published for discussion at Essex County Council Cabinet Meeting on 23rd July 2019.