A consultation has launched for residents and stakeholders to have their say on the proposed new approach to working with communities.
The consultation is taking place from June 23rd until noon on September 1st and full details and to complete the survey visit www.leics.gov.uk/communities_strategy or by clicking the above link.
The council is launching 10 weeks of consultation, on how it will:
• Help people and communities to support themselves and vulnerable people, reducing the demand on public services More »
• Devolve services - increase the ability of community groups to take over, or work more closely with, services currently delivered by the council
• Ensure voluntary groups support the council to deliver its priorities on service devolution and help for vulnerable people.
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From 7 April until noon on 7 July 2014 Leicestershire County Council is consulting on the library service. Full details can be found online at:www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurelibraries.
As part of the consultation and proposed changes the county council is proposing to continue operating the 16 most used libraries which cater for the majority of service users.
We know that the other 36 libraries are often a highly valued local amenity, which are often hubs for a range of other local activities. This is why we are proposing to develop a service that would enable community groups to manage their local library in partnership with the county council. We think these proposals could lead to an increased availability of the service as well as wider community use of the library buildings. In places such as Warwickshire, many libraries are now managed within a community and have managed to increase opening hours and access to the service. More »
The proposed community partnership library service would enable community groups and organisations to manage their local library in partnership with the county council. The library is staffed and managed by volunteers with support, such as book stock, training and IT maintenance provided by the county council.
If you are interested in finding out more including how to get involved in running or helping at a community partnership library please register a place on one of the following workshops:
• Wednesday 30 April: Bagworth Community Centre
• Monday 19 May: County Hall, Glenfield
• Monday 16 June: Shepshed High School
All workshops start at 6.15pm and finish at 8.30pm. Doors open from 6.00pm.
You can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 305 7034.
Should you have any further enquires or comments about community libraries then www.leics.gov.uk/community_partnership_libraries or about the consultation email email@example.com or phone 0116 305 7034. » Less
Have your say on libraries
You can have your say on the county council’s proposals for communities to run up to 36 libraries in Leicestershire.
Consultation is taking place from today (April 7th) till July 7th and full details are on www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurelibraries, including dates and venues of public meetings in May and June.
Richard Blunt, cabinet member for libraries, said: “I’m encouraging people to have their say and to consider coming forward to run some of our libraries. This has proven a success in other areas, such as Warwickshire. More »
“If people are interested, we will give them massive support, as I believe these libraries could become real community hubs.”
The council is proposing changes because:
• From 2015, the council plans to save £800,000 per year from its current £5.6 million libraries budget
• People are increasingly using E-books and the internet instead of borrowing books from libraries
• Libraries are increasingly being used as community hubs, hosting a series of activities
The council is proposing to:
• Continue to operate the 16 most-used libraries but reduce their opening hours
• Support communities to run the other 36 local libraries. If community groups do not come forward, some libraries may close. Any closures would be covered by a weekly mobile library service.
The council’s 16 most-used libraries are: Ashby; Birstall; Blaby; Broughton Astley; Coalville; Earl Shilton; Glenfield; Hinckley; Loughborough; Market Harborough; Lutterworth; Melton Mowbray; Oadby; Shepshed; Syston; Wigston Magna.
They account for: 77 per cent of library visits; 74 per cent of loans; 72 per cent of active borrowers; and 84 per cent of computer use.
The 36 community libraries are: Anstey; Barrow; Barwell; Bottesford; Braunstone Town; Burbage; Castle Donington; Countesthorpe; Cosby; Desford; East Goscote; Enderby; Fleckney; Glenhills; Great Glen; Groby; Hathern; Ibstock; Kegworth; Kibworth; Kirby Muxloe; Leicester Forest East; Market Bosworth; Markfield; Measham; Mountsorrel; Narborough; Newbold Verdon; Quorn; Ratby; Rothley; Sapcote; Sileby; South Wigston; Stoney Stanton; Thurmaston. » Less
Rural communities can now check when they will receive fibre broadband via a new website launched today (28/03/14).
The website has a range of information on the Superfast Leicestershire programme which aims to extend high-speed fibre broadband to 96% of homes and businesses in Leicestershire by the end of March 2016.
The website includes information on:
• Benefits of fibre broadband for businesses and households
• The timetable for increasing the coverage
• Our plans to increase coverage even further More »
Blake Pain, county council cabinet member for rural broadband, said: “Our new website is the first step keeping residents informed on how we are providing superfast broadband across Leicestershire. Visitors to the site will be able to find out about superfast broadband, how their area could benefit and when they can expect to receive this service.
“Leicestershire has a thriving rural economy consisting of a large number of small and micro businesses in creative, knowledge-based sectors which would see a huge benefit from superfast broadband.
“Providing firms with access to superfast broadband will make them more competitive and attract inward investment and jobs to help unlock rural Leicestershire’s economic potential.”
Owen Moody, BT’s East Midlands regional director, said: “Faster broadband will deliver important benefits for people across Leicestershire, whether they are running a business, working or studying from home, doing the weekly shop online, downloading films and TV programmes or keeping in touch with friends and family around the world. It can all be done better using faster broadband.”
The launch of the new website coincides with the announcement of additional funding for the project from Leicestershire’s district councils. An extra 4,400 homes and businesses will now benefit from £1.1m of funding pledged by the district councils.