21 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Clare Coghill

We Love Higham Hill Library: Don't move it - Improve it!

Waltham Forest Council has plans to change community library provision in the Higham Hill area. The current Higham Hill Library building was designed and purpose-built as a library and has served generations of people in Higham Hill, Lloyd Park and Priory Court for 85 years. It has been allowed to run-down by the Council for a number of years, but remains a well-used and much-loved facility at the heart of its community. The Council’s preferred option is to close the current library, dispose of the building and sell the site to developers to build housing. It is proposed that the library service will then be moved to a multi-purpose hub in Priory Court Estate. The background to this situation and the Council’s proposal is available here: are currently no details about the size or location of the proposed ‘hub’, or when this might be built. It is likely that any move out of the current building will result in a down-sizing and reduction of library facilities for residents in the Higham Hill / Lloyd Park / Priory Court area. Higham Hill Library is currently situated in the ideal location for residents in all of those areas, at the meeting point of William Morris and Higham Hill wards, within easy walking distance of Lloyd Park and Priory Court, on a much-used bus route, and close to several local primary schools, all of which use the library for various educational activities. It is a familiar landmark, part of the history of the area, and is welcoming and accessible to all. Whilst we acknowledge that the building is in need of renovation and modernisation we reject the Council report’s description of it as ‘dark and unwelcoming’. Anyone who has spent time in this library will know the opposite is true. We believe that with some imagination and determination the current building could be refurbished and redesigned to meet the needs of all modern library users. We believe that we should keep Higham Hill Library in its current building, and improve and extend the library service in this area. We therefore urge Waltham Forest Council officers to –• Provide further information and consult fully with local residents about the proposed plans• Work with local residents to keep Higham Hill Library in its current building, and to investigate ways of fully utilising the library’s services and facilities

We Love Higham Hill Library
1,023 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to University College London, UCL Provost

Call upon UCL to recognise and act upon lack of library study spaces

Already paying at least £9,000 a year, too many students are having to get to UCL as early as 8.45 am during exam time to secure a study space at the university library. Students have been studying on the floor, working through the night or temporarily moving in with friends closer to campus to arrive in time for a desk. Student numbers have risen from 19,365 to 39,473 in the past 10 years, while expansion of facilities have failed to increase in accordance. This leaves over 22 students per on-campus quiet study space, also affecting queues for toilets and UCL cafes. This provides an additional stress given the new 30 minute limit for time spent away from your desk. While additional study spaces are planned in the UCL East campus (to be opened in 2020/1), we believe that the current situation is unacceptable for a world-class university that UCL claims to be. We do appreciate that: -The Main Library, Science Library and Cruciform are now currently open 24 hours -Halima Begum, UCLU Education and Campaigns Officer has managed to secure an average of 503 study spaces per day, open 9am-9pm during the exam period -The National Student Survey is now being used as a justification for raising tuition fees even higher, leaving us with no option but to boycott it, so this has further limited our ability to raise these issues Primarily, we ask UCL to make better temporary use of available space around the university, such as teaching and conference rooms. In addition, we recognise that study spaces in libraries are the most useful and ask UCL to act on the augmentation of library provision, which may require building additional libraries. Fundamentally, we believe that if student numbers continue to increase at the current rate, it will only put further strain on existing facilities. We therefore call on the university to curb the growth in student numbers until sufficient facilities are available. The overcrowding isn't just a problem for students but staff as well, as expressed in this recently published Guardian article.

Liberty Jacklin
767 supporters