A sustainable future for libraries?

The City Council's Overview and Scrutiny Management Board (OSMB) meeting on Thursday night was very interesting for a number of reasons. Specifically the report on the sustainability of libraries prepared by the Task and Finish Group chaired by Lib Dem councillor Anthony Negus was endorsed by all the members of OSMB and even praised by the Cabinet member with indications that it will be listened to, including the advice that it would form part of the report to Cabinet and that some money had been found for some initial consultancy work on examining this as a viable option.

Commenting, Cllr Negus said "The Libraries Task and Finish Group was the first to report under the new system and I made it very clear that it should set a good precedent. I am very pleased that it did, and was recognised as such and am proud of the clarity and common sense of its recommendations."

The draft report, which was approved, can be read here, and the board's discussion can be watched here.

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