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Offline Mick Jones

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Consultation to help shape the future of Birmingham libraries.
« on: December 16, 2016, 10:51:12 PM »
The proposals the council are making say that the services could move into Stirchley Baths, but that would be a bit ridiculous, given we had a £4million redevelopment there, which doesn't include library facilities!

Have your say: Consultation to help us shape the future of Birmingham libraries.

We have a statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service and we are committed to doing this with the resources available to us. If you have workable ideas for the future of your local library or libraries, we want to hear them.

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Re: Consultation to help shape the future of Birmingham libraries.
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2017, 01:50:13 PM »
Hi Mick

I've been invited to the below - and would to raise attention to the meeting:

Public meeting to discuss the council’s proposals,
which include moving Library services into Stirchley Baths.
Saturday 7th January
10.30am Stirchley Community Church
(upstairs coffee lounge, lift available)

The council's consultation survey is online at the below link:
The supporting documents from the council detailing city-wide proposals, are available to view in Stirchley library, & on the above website. Consultation ends 27 January 2017.

Also Friends of Library of Birmingham have posted their news, and an excerpt says:

v) & vi) Selly Oak & Stirchley

The concern is that the area comprising Selly Oak, Selly Park  Stirchley, Cotteridge and Bournbrook will not have a proper library service. Selly Oak library is to be downgraded to Tier 3 in much reduced accommodation and with a very much smaller collection of books. At the same time, Stirchley Library, although formally designated at Tier 2, will be similarly downgraded by being moved into Stirchley Baths. Because this is a successful community centre there is insufficient space for a dedicated library area and so the books will be stored on trolleys and wheeled out in such space as is available during library areas.

When I visited, the SB manager outlined all the facilities & activities there which would be available to library users - but the latter already have access to them as they are next door to the existing Stirchley library. Some in the five areas will be able to drive to one of the four nearest Tier 1 libraries, but many others will be deprived (see the attached reports of the public consultation meetings). In addition, all Tier 3 libraries are vulnerable and have an uncertain future.  These proposals need to be reviewed.

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Re: Consultation to help shape the future of Birmingham libraries.
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2017, 04:33:45 PM »
Let me guess, the council will then sell the Library to developers?