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Libraries review – options presented to cabinet next week

Press Releases   •   Jan 18, 2017 17:19 GMT

Councillors are to consider a report next week which proposes major changes to Bury’s library service.

It follows the first phase of consultations on a complete review of how the service can be provided against the need for the council to make significant budget cuts and the need to improve the service currently offered to local communities.

The proposals, to be presented to members of the cabinet on Wednesday (25 Jan), are to substantially reduce the number of library buildings while developing new ways to enhance the overall service.

There are two options put forward which, if approved, will then be used as the basis for a second round of public consultation. It is proposed that this would run from 30 January to 10 April, with a final report to be brought back to cabinet on 26 April. No decisions will be taken until then.

Councillor Sandra Walmsley, cabinet member for strategic housing and support services, said: “We have had to look at every aspect of the service to make sure that we can make the savings that are necessary while still meeting our legal duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient service.

“The current library service is not sustainable. Staff levels have reduced by 30% since the last review, meaning that libraries cannot fulfil their opening hours and are sometimes closed at short notice.

“Also, some of the library buildings are not in great condition and will need major investment in future years, money which we simply don’t have.

“In addition, the number of active members is reducing, and there are not enough staff to grow the service, develop new members or do face-to-face community work. We need to consider how we can enhance the increased demand in some services such as IT access. For all these reasons the future of the library service in its current format is a growing concern.”

The proposal is to create a ‘core’ team and a ‘community’ team, which would concentrate on developing digital services, information and learning, reader development and working in the community.

The aim is to provide at least one main library building in the north, central and southern parts of the borough.

As well as the ‘core and service-wide’ service, the two options for cabinet to consider are: 1) to retain the following library buildings: Bury (plus Archives), Ramsbottom, and Prestwich; or 2) to retain Bury (plus Archives), Ramsbottom, Prestwich and Radcliffe.

Under both options, 98% of Bury residents would be within 30 minutes’ reach of a library.

Cllr Walmsley said: “Keeping more buildings open would not be viable, because the costs involved would mean a dramatic reduction in the service-wide team, thereby watering down the quality of all library provision across the borough.”

She said the council was keen to work with residents to explore whether buildings could be kept open for community use. This may include community management of some buildings to include a library service and community activities/meeting place; management by other agencies, e.g. nurseries and playgroups; or establishment of a charitable trust to which some libraries are transferred.

She added: “The council remains fully committed to retaining a high quality library service, but there will need to be changes. Despite this, we will continue to provide a service that meets our legal duties and supports the aspirations of residents of all ages for development of reading skills for the youngest, lifelong learning and access to books and information.”

The full cabinet report and appendices can be read at: http://councildecisions.bury.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=126&MId=1925&Ver=4

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Press release issued: 18 January 2017.

Councillors are to consider a report next week which proposes major changes to Bury’s library service.

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Events during Tinnitus Awareness Week

Press Releases   •   Jan 18, 2017 15:00 GMT

​People with hearing loss can get advice from professionals at two events in the borough during national Tinnitus Awareness Week.

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​No Barriers can help you develop new skills for employment

Press Releases   •   Jan 18, 2017 09:58 GMT

Residents looking to develop new skills and looking for employment are invited to get free 1-to-1 professional help.

No Barriers is a National Lottery funded three-year project which can help people with personal development, confidence building and learning skills which could lead to a new job or further training.

The sessions are held at Topping Fold Community Centre and Library in Bury, every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm.

For an appointment or more information, call Rebecca Albrow on 0161 280 8645.

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Press release issued: 18 January 2017.

Residents looking to develop new skills and looking for employment are invited to get free 1-to-1 professional help.

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Lego at the library

Press Releases   •   Jan 17, 2017 16:03 GMT

Bury Library’s monthly Lego Club will be starting again in the new year from Saturday 4 February (2-3pm).

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Let’s read together and inspire our children’s imagination

Press Releases   •   Jan 17, 2017 14:21 GMT

Parents are invited to share the joy of reading with their young children at a session held at Prestwich Library on Monday 13 February.

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Church Street West - latest update

News   •   Jan 16, 2017 17:12 GMT

Church Street West in Radcliffe could be re-opened on Thursday morning following a further two days of safety work on the former Radcliffe Times building.

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Update - Church Street West to remain closed for public safety reasons

News   •   Jan 11, 2017 14:25 GMT

Church Street West in Radcliffe is still closed to motorists, and may remain closed for some time, after part of the former Radcliffe Times building fell down in the early hours of today.

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Council launches healthy living campaign to stem rising obesity rates

Press Releases   •   Jan 11, 2017 11:10 GMT

With New Year’s resolutions still fresh in the mind, Bury Council is launching a healthy living campaign to encourage people to consider the health impacts of being overweight.

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Internet, email and universal job match course

Press Releases   •   Jan 11, 2017 11:04 GMT

Residents can sign up to a course offering help with job searching, using the internet and running an email account.

The course is being run by Bury’s adult education service, and takes place on six consecutive Mondays (starting 16 January, 10am to noon) at Topping Fold Community Centre and Library.

The cost is £45: for more details, call Bury Adult Education Centre on 0161 253 7501, quoting course code CTFL100.

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Press release issued: 11 January 2017.

Residents can sign up to a course offering help with job searching, using the internet and running an email account.

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Road closures in Radcliffe and Bury

News   •   Jan 11, 2017 10:00 GMT

Please note that Church Street West in Radcliffe and Bell Lane in Bury are currently closed to motorists.

Church Street West has been closed because the former Radcliffe Times building has been declared unsafe.

The road has been closed to through traffic from Spring Lane to Seymour Street. Traffic will be diverted via Spring Lane – Water Street – Pilkington Way – Dale Street and vice versa.

Currently pedestrian access is being maintained on the north side of Church Street West (on the side of the health centre) but this will be reviewed on a half-hourly basis should the wind again increase.

The building's owners are aware of the problem and we have been informed that a contractor is en route and they will erect Heras fencing and inspect the building.

Also, Bell Lane in Bury has been closed due to a serious road incident involving a car and a cyclist.

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Issued: 11 January 2017.

Please note that Church Street West in Radcliffe and Bell Lane in Bury are currently closed to motorists.

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Bury Council consists of six towns, Bury, Ramsbottom, Tottington, Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich. Formed in April 1974 as a result of Local Government re-organisation it was one of the ten original districts that formed the County of Greater Manchester. The Borough has an area of 9,919 hectares (24,511 acres) and serves a population of 186,000.

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