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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.
Middlesex Street Resident and Common Councilman for the ward of Portsoken