Save Midlothian's libraries
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Libraries are one of the most precious resources in our community. The Council's proposal to close all libraries bar one, and to make this a Midlothian 'central library' will damage communities across Midlothian. Families with young children, young people and older people in particular need local facilities. Join me in signing this petition against removing a vital resource from our communities.
The Council are looking to save £240,000 and will cut 30 FTE posts.
Page 51 of the Change Programme document states:
The Library Service has been changing currently to a proposed hub model of local services, digital access and creativity in the existing 9 libraries while making these efficiencies, but in making any extra saving target the service could rationalise instead from the present universal service to core centres. These savings are based on providing only 1 Midlothian Central Library and to withdraw from 1 x mobile library (a shared service with ELC) and closure of the branch libraries.
They are looking at alternative models and for community participation in designing these:
Alternative self service and automated models of non- staffed facilities are feasible as there are existing operations in English and Scandinavian authorities, which are being explored for use in Midlothian. This will entail developing new models by working in close partnership with local communities, referred to as “co-production”, which will be critical to achieving successful and sustainable transformation.
There are consultation meetings in November and you can also email comments to HaveYourSay@midlothian.gov.uk
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