Croydon’s Library Consultation Ends Monday 16 May

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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:

https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/notes-of-meeting-croydon-libraries-april-2016

Save Croydon Libraries Campaign

savecroydonlibraries@gmail.com

www.soslibrary.blogspot.com

Twitter: @SaveCroydonLibs

Facebook: Save Croydon Libraries

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

allan.nimmo@croydon.gov.uk

or c/o Croydon Council. 4th Floor, Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk, CROYDON,
CR0 1EA.

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.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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One Response to Croydon’s Library Consultation Ends Monday 16 May

  1. CCC says:

    Thanks for helping to spread the word, Sean, and linking to our meeting.

    This was the only public meeting held in Croydon on the matter – organised by the Croydon community for the Croydon community in the absence of a public meeting hosted by the council.

    I am told that there were focus groups but as yet no one has been able to gain details of how to get involved in these in order to contribute views.

    The lack of proper consultation and engagement in Croydon and the drive to do everything online are real issues for Croydon, and comes up time and time again. Recent examples are garden waste – only advertised online and sign up and payment restricted to online only, the survey with a clear drive to get volunteers to run parks, and the skewed survey on libraries, again pushing volunteers and failing to note librarians and library staff as a listed option going forward.

    Despite the extension of the libraries survey, due to the low response rate, a visit to a Croydon library just today to actively seek the information, resulted in no indication whatsoever that views were being sought; no survey, sign or notice at all in sight. Yet other libraries have hard copies available and some have displays.

    Elizabeth Ash

    Chair, CCC (and member of Save Croydon Libraries Campaign)

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