BROADWAY Library’s future is now secure with it now being run by residents of the community – a move which has seen the county council save more than £2million pounds.
Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet formally agreed plans last month to secure a number of libraries which futures had been left unsecure after the authority announced re-modelling plans to its library services to save much needed cash.
Council chiefs agreed to form proposals ensuring the futures of libraries in Broadway, Bewdley, Hagley, Upton and Wythall.
In Broadway, instead of the library being managed by the county council – the library will be managed by a newly formed Community Interest Group called Broadway Community Library Ltd who are seeking charity status.
The group, made up of a group of residents keen to save the library’s future, will be responsible for the financial state of the service. The services in the library will still be run by the county council.
The proposal builds on new delivery models which have been successful at other libraries across Worcestershire with the county council working with local residents and community groups as well as town and parish councils to help manage and maintain buildings and services badly needed.
Coun Lucy Hodgson, responsible for localism and communities at Worcestershire County Council, said: “The decision is fantastic news and builds on the successful programme of working with local communities to ensure the future of our libraries.
“The financial challenge the County Council faces is well documented but by working innovatively and supporting our partners, groups and volunteers we’ve been able to ensure all libraries, which continue to be used better than ever, have remained open.
“This is a real example of our Act Local work and I’d like to thank everyone involved. Work will continue to offer our library users a quality service that offers best value for our residents.”