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Last time Croydon Council consulted it was just on six libraries says the Save Croydon Libraries Campaign.
• The consultation was widely advertised.
• Paper copies of the consultation were available in libraries and the stock was replenished regularly to meet demand.
• There was a consultation document designed specifically to canvass the views of children.
• Public meetings were held in all six locations, some were oversubscribed and larger venues sought for others to meet demand.
This time round it’s a different story…
• The survey is online, by default.
• The survey is available in some libraries in hard copy, in others in extremely restricted quantities and in others there are no paper copies at all.
• There are supposed to be focus groups, but no details of when and where these will be held, even to those who have enquired.
• Even the councillors are confused as to whether this is a survey or a consultation, as noted in the Council meeting.
The Croydon Communities Consortium held a public meeting on the consultation on 26 April. The detailed note of the meeting can be read via its site at:
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What can you do?
People say the survey is very poor quality with leading questions.
The survey also completes abruptly, closing before the respondent has had a chance to add all they want to say.
You can complete it online, but look at a hard copy first to compose your thoughts.
Look at the options offered. For example, you can value library staff in Q3, but staff is not listed as an option on Q4.
Complete a paper copy if you prefer. This can be downloaded from our website if a paper copy is not available in your library.
Respond in another way. For example, you might prefer to write to the council officer, copying in your councillors and the campaign. The council officer responsible is Allan
Nimmo who can be reached at
or c/o Croydon Council. 4th Floor, Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk, CROYDON,
Keep a copy of any comments you add, and send these on to the campaign so we have a record.
Write to the local press to make your views known.
Join the campaign to keep informed.
Write an article or add comments to the website.
Note: Now that their SATs are finished, on Tuesday 17 May, I will be working with the Year 6 groups at Norbury Manor Primary School on their views on libraries to feed into the consultation.