Feedback following our library petition hand-in at the Guildhall

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Residents hand-in petition at the Guildhall with Head of Barbican & Community Library Services Carol Boswarthack and the Chair of the Culture, Heritage & Libraries Committee Graham Packham

Report by Jason Pritchard CC

Good news! Earlier today I went with a small group of residents to hand in our Artizan Street library petition and to speak with the Head of Barbican & Community Library Services Carol Boswarthack and the Chair of the Culture, Heritage & Libraries Committee Graham Packham at the Guildhall. The petition gathered 115 signatures from local people and sent a clear message that we want better hours to fit the community. I am pleased to say the meeting went very well.

Both Ms Boswarthack and Mr Packham CC have agreed with residents that the current hours at the library are simply not working for the local community and subject to the final feedback from the City of London Opening Hours survey are positively exploring options to:

a) open the library beyond 4pm on weekdays so that schoolchildren and working people can enjoy more time in the library

b) trial Saturday opening hours for local residents and families

It was clear today that the City has been listening to the message from local residents which is great news and although officially they cannot announce new hours until after their survey close date it was pretty clear there is going to be a change for the better.

Thank you to the 115 people who signed the Library petition and helped put this issue firmly on the agenda. This demonstrates that when residents come together on local issues we can influence positive change in the community and get our voices heard.

Please help keep the pressure on by sharing the Artizan Street Library survey below by email or on social media.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/artizanhours

The survey closing date is the 25th March so please do make sure you complete the survey and spread the word. The City of London have promised to publish their new library opening hours plans by the 1st April.

We will keep you updated on developments and hope to share more good news on this local campaign in the near future.

Best regards

Jason Pritchard

Middlesex Street Resident and Common Councilman for the ward of Portsoken

 

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Can you join us to hand in our Artizan St Library petition?

We’ve reached a crucial point in our campaign – next week, we’re going to be delivering our petition to the Head of Barbican and Community Libraries and the Chairman of the Culture, Heritage & Libraries Committee.

There’s a key decision deadline later this month, so now is the time to put the pressure on and make sure we get the right outcome. There are three ways you can help:

1. Share the petition one more time so we can get a final push on signatures before the hand-in:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/opening-hours-to-suit-the-community-at-artizan-street-library-1

2. VERY IMPORTANT: Complete the City of London Artizan St Library survey as soon as possible. It only take 5 minutes to complete:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/artizanhours

3. If you can make it, come along for the group photo on Tuesday 13th March at 09:15am outside Artizan Street library. We want to get as many local people present for the photo before the petition is delivered later in the day at the Guildhall. The more of us that are there, the more impact we can have.

If you’re planning to come or have any questions, just email jason4portsoken@gmail.com