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Staplehurst Parish Council

Staplehurst Library Opening Hours Update

By Staplehurst Parish Council Staplehurst Parish Council

Tuesday, 12 March 2019


Staplehurst Parish Council Contributor


Following recent public consultation to which the Parish Council and many residents responded, KCC’s Growth, Economic Development and Communities Cabinet Committee has adopted a new Libraries, Registration & Archives strategy and reached a decision about proposed library opening hours.  The decision means that Staplehurst library will open for 28 hours a week.  This is a reduction from the current 42 but more than the 23 hours proposed during the consultation.  The opening times will be decided after engagement with interested local parties.

Section 5.3 of the main report to the Committee explained why the tiering of some libraries and consequently their opening hours had been revised from the original proposals:

“The original data period used for the tiering model was the full calendar year 2017 as this was the last full year available at the time of developing the model. Usage of libraries has changed in that time and as a result the service supports that the data used is updated to cover the period from October 2017 to September 2018.  This is the latest last full quarter period we could use before the public consultation. This review results in the following libraries* changing tiers and increasing opening hours from the original proposal.”  *12 libraries including Staplehurst are listed.

To read the full papers and decision go to the meetings section of the KCC website https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=2232&LLL=0.  The decision is subject to the usual call-in rules, with a deadline of 15th March 2019.

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