A new location for Street Library is on the cards as partners and Somerset County Council work hard to progress a Community Library Partnership (CLP).
On 5 November 2018, Somerset County Council agreed to retain 19 of its existing libraries and seek help from communities to run 15 other library buildings as CLPs, including Street.
Library services will continue to be delivered in Street and good progress is being made towards signing a partnership agreement between Street Parish Council, the Friends of Street Library group and Somerset County Council which would secure the long-term future of a library in Street.
As part of ongoing discussions however, Street Library could move from its existing location in Leigh Road to Street’s Parish Rooms. At a Parish Meeting on Monday (4 March), Street Parish Council unanimously voted to submit a revised expression of interest for a 7-year commitment to a library on the ground floor of the parish rooms.
Claire Axten, Chair of the Friends of Street Library confirmed: “The Friends Of Street Library has worked alongside others to ensure we maintain a successful library in Street. Volunteers are trained and ready, and we are relieved and delighted that Street Parish Council and Somerset County Council have been able to take a partnership forward.”
And Nina Swift, Chair of Street Parish Council welcomed the new community library partnership: “This community library partnership will allow the council to make the best possible use of the Parish Rooms. We look forward to working with Somerset Libraries Service and the Friends group in welcoming all users of the library.”
The library will remain open at the current site until 29th April; plans for library provision after that date are being developed and details will be announced soon.
Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries said: “We are confident Street will continue to have a valuable public library service as a Community Library Partnership. Lead partner Street Parish Council unanimously agreed on Monday (4 March) to submit an alternative expression of interest to move the library to the Parish Rooms. This expression of interest will now be formally assessed and we will continue to discuss the best way forward with all partners.”
Updates on Street Library and its future location will be available from library staff, Somerset Direct on 0200 123 2224 or online at www.somersetlibraries.co.uk.