Around Ealing April / May 2019 - Page 6

FUTURE EALING Have your say Ealing Council is currently running consultations on the future of its libraries and its children’s centres. It wants as many people as possible to give their views on its proposed changes. U nder its library proposals, the council would continue to directly operate six of its 13 libraries. The remaining seven could become community managed, if local groups came forward with good plans. Proposals for the borough’s children’s centres include retaining the seven main centres as they are but potentially making changes to the other 20 smaller sites. Nine of these smaller sites are likely to stay the same or be enhanced, with the other 11 seeing reduced council services; although a few of the smaller sites could close. You can have your say and read more about the council’s plans at www.ealing.gov.uk/consultations by clicking on ‘Current consultations’ and then choose either ‘Have your say on the draft Ealing library strategy’ or ‘Have your say on the future of Ealing children’s centres.’ 6 around ealing    April/May 2019 The consultations will both run until 17 May 2019. They opened in February. If you have a question about the library consultation, you can email libraries@ealing.gov.uk ; and if you have a question about the children’s centre consultation, you can call 020 8825 5588 or email children@ealing.gov.uk WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Responses to the consultations will inform reports on each subject that will be considered by the council’s cabinet in July. At that point, final decisions are due to be made. If the council’s proposals are accepted, the changes to the services could begin to be implemented from this autumn. If not, the cabinet will decide what to do next. WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? The council also wants the library consultation at www.ealing.gov.uk/ consultations to be filled in by anyone interested in supporting local library services – either as a volunteer or as a community organisation. In parallel to the consultation, there will be drop-in sessions for people to find out more about what becoming a volunteer might involve – including at Ealing Central Library on Saturday, 27 April, between 11am-3.30pm. If you would like to read more about an example of how community managed libraries work elsewhere, visit ealingnewsextra.co.uk/ features/community-library