On Monday, South Gloucestershire Council opened their community consultation process around the reduction in funding of the local library services. The initial consultation period runs until 13 May 2016, when a dialogue with communities and groups on options will start. We encourage you to go through the initial Consultation Document, which at 8 pages is a fairly quick read.
As a group, we intend to work on multiple fronts around the libraries issue, of which this consultation is only one part – not just for the sake of Hanham Library, but for all affected services in South Gloucestershire. Library funding cannot be a zero-sum game, with funds gravitating towards the largest areas at the expense of rural districts. It is our intent to work out a strategy involving parish and county council, as well as our local MP, Mr Chris Skidmore, all of whom we intend to be in regular contact with.