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Library improvements – have your say

Residents are reminded there’s still time to give their views about proposed improvements to Library Local branches in the borough.

The Council wants to hear from as many people as possible, even if you don’t typically use or visit Waltham Forest’s libraries, in order to ensure that future improvements help to create a library service for the whole community.

Under the current proposals, the Library Locals at Higham Hill and Wood Street would be relocated and remodelled, while the site at Lea Bridge would be refurbished.

This is part of a vision for the facilities to match up to the best public libraries in London – and is all about making them even better, not reducing the number of libraries.

Cllr Sharon Waldron, Cabinet Member for Digital and Customer Services, said: “We know how much libraries are valued by our community – and we remain absolutely committed to maintaining and improving them, with all eight libraries remaining open and all residents still living within 1.5 miles of their nearest library.

“These proposals, on which we’re consulting, involve relocating two of the four Library Locals into more modern and accessible buildings that are closer to other community facilities, and refurbishing and remodelling Lea Bridge. This approach not only aims to create higher quality libraries, but will also help safeguard these popular community facilities for future generations.

“The consultation on a vision for Library Locals, and what users would like to see in improved libraries, is open until 30 November, to ensure our residents have as much time as possible to have their say and share their views with us. There are a number of ways local people, organisations and stakeholders can take part, including focus groups; online, printed and on-street surveys, direct contact with protected groups and via social media.”

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