Library Action Group
The meeting of the Library support group on Monday 21 February was unable to make plans for the future library because it is still not clear what will happen to the present premises. Schools in Buckinghamshire are being pressed to reinstate school dinners. Carrington Infant School has already gone ahead. Space within the Junior school is limited, and although the Governors were thinking of using the school hall in the first instance, it was possible that in the future they may want to use some or all of the present Library space (which attached to the School and is leased to the Library). Cllr Appleyard will ask the BCC Legal and Property people to clarify the situation.
If the library group does not know what premises the future library is going to have nor what the rent and premises costs will be, it would be premature to make plans for the future. It was agreed, however, that some research into the details of the finances and the legal situation would be useful.
Bucks CC have said that they would put £28 000 into the Flackwell Library and any further costs would have to be met by funds raised by the village. Cllr Appleyard said that there were many unanswered questions about the financing of the project and the requirements of the lease. Rosemary Saunders and Don Graham volunteered to help him and he is going to put them in touch with officers of BCC for consultation while he is visiting family in Australia in March.
Three objectives for the new library have been agreed with Bucks CC on the understanding it may be necessary to amend them in future.
1 To provide a library service that is free to customers
2 To provide the widest range of books, DVDs etc at least to current levels.
3 Need to employ a professional Librarian
It was suggested that one way to raise funds would be to make a small charge for each book borrowed but Bucks CC are banned from charging for loans. If we charged, the library could no longer have access to the Bucks CC books.
The next meeting will be in late March