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Bexley Council seeks community management for libraries

PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:30 20 February 2015

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Community groups and organisations are being asked for support.

Bexley Council is seeking community groups and organisations to help run local libraries.

They are seeking assistance to manage the libraries at Blackfen, Bostall, North Heath and Upper Belvedere.

This follows a cabinet decision in December, approving the adoption of a new library strategy and plans for remodelling the service.

The borough already has two successful community managed libraries in Bexley Village and Slade Green.

Cllr Alex Sawyer, cabinet member for community safety and leisure, said: “Community management offers an opportunity for local people and organisations to benefit from playing a key role in a local service they value.

“People who have expressed their support for the libraries need to come forward and find out how they can shape their future and contribute to running them.

“If helping to keep their library isn’t a priority for enough people it’s a signal to us that other services should have priority.

“Communities and groups that choose to work with us can expect to receive support from the council to help them realise their aspirations.

“I hope any interested groups and local people will contact us to find out more about the process.

“Given the scale of savings we need to find it is a sad fact that, if we aren’t able to find community partners we will have no other option than to close these libraries.”

Those interested in running one or more libraries can contact the council to request an application form, which will need to be returned by March 20.

For more information call 020 3045 4562 or email libraries@bexley.gov.uk

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