Essex County Councillor Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Customer and Corporate said: “ As the consultation into what library services could look like in the future has now closed, I would like to thank everybody who has taken the time to have their say."
“We have been encouraged by the overwhelming response to the consultation; its sparked a great deal of interest and debate, and I'm really pleased with some of the ideas coming through. Concerns have been raised too and these will all be considered before a final strategy is drawn up later this year."
“I am also encouraged by the number of community groups that have come forward who are interested in running community managed library services. Even though the consultation closes tomorrow, expressions of interest can still be submitted up until June."
“After the consultation closes, all of the responses will be analysed and a report will be produced on the Future Library Strategy that will be presented to Cabinet later this year."
“Again, I thank everyone for their feedback during the consultation. We want to create a library service with a wider appeal, which is more relevant to and a better fit with people's lives. I hope that together, we can we can achieve this."
Details of how to submit an expression of interest in running a community managed library service can be found here.