Tuesday, 12 April 2011

One in four Tory councillors oppose localism

CBRE survey also reveals only a third of Liberal Democrats support the Localism bill

Nearly a quarter of Conservative and one-third of Liberal Democrat councillors do not support the localism bill according to a survey by CB Richard Ellis. Unsurprisingly only 6% of Labour councillors are in favour of localism.
The results of the survey were unveiled at last week’s CBRE Government & Infrastructure conference in London. Opposition to the bill is expected to grow after next month’s local elections with a big swing towards Labour expected.

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Buckinghamshire Library Cut Backs!

A new future for Libraries in Buckinghamshire

Date: 11-04-2011
 Today (11 April) Cabinet agreed a new model of delivery for 14 libraries in Buckinghamshire, following a comprehensive consultation.
This development comes at a time when budget pressures mean that all council services are being challenged to find new ways of delivering services. The County Council believe that increasing community involvement and tailoring services to the needs of the community is the best way forward to ensure a sustainable future for all 26 libraries in Buckinghamshire.

The new ‘county and community’ model for Buckinghamshire libraries will see the development of 14 community partnerships with local community groups, Parish Councils and partner organisations phased over the next two years. These libraries will be supported by nine larger county libraries and the increasing development of the virtual library and e downloads.

The nine county libraries are based in areas of high population; Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Amersham, Chesham, Beaconsfield, Princes Risborough, Buckingham, Hazlemere, and Marlow.
The 14 community partnership libraries are Castlefield, Chalfont St Peter, Farnham Common, Flackwell Heath, Gerrards Cross, Great Missenden, Haddenham, Iver Heath, Ivinghoe, Long Crendon, Stokenchurch, Wendover, Wing, Winslow.

There are a range of ways a community partnership could take shape; sharing premises with other local businesses and organisations, increasing community volunteering and fundraising, and self-managed, community-led libraries. The model is flexible and will be tailored to each local community with the ideas and development led by local residents and organisations.

The Council is committed to provide continuing support for theses libraries to ensure they are sustainable and affordable for the future.  The Council will continue to provide library loan stock, IT provision and connection to the county network and public PCs, online resources and resource grants to support some of the running costs.

Bourne End, Burnham and Micklefield libraries have been supported by £1.5 million from the Big Lottery. This support has enabled us to redesign and build new community facilities at each location. A key priority in the improvement of these libraries has been involving the community to build a space for people to use for local events and activities alongside mainstream library services. These libraries will be reviewed at the end of 2011.

The Council will begin planning a phased implementation for the 14 libraries with the anticipation that the first phase will begin in Oct 2011. The library service has to make savings of £688,000 over the next three years. Of this £488,000 will be saved through this new model.

The council will continue to provide a home library and mobile service to ensure that excluded and isolated residents can access library services.
Patricia Birchley Cabinet Member for Adults and Family Wellbeing said, ‘We are positive that with our flexible approach the ‘county and community’ model can be moulded to the different needs of the local communities involved. We are passionate and committed to working with communities to enrich their local service and take this opportunity to make a positive difference to their community.’

Source: http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/bcc/news/new_future_for_libraries.page ?

Monday, 11 April 2011

Save Oxfordshire Services

Skill Up! Cuts Down! 

Sunday 8th May
10am - 6pm
East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Road, Oxford, OX4 1DD

To beat the cuts down we need the skills to make us effective campaigners. 
Whether you are just starting to take action or are a veteran activist looking for new ideas this day is for you. 

The day will include sessions on:

Media: get your voice into the news  
Lobbying: how to influence government  
Direct Action: media stunts and more 
Understanding the economics: gain confidence communicating about the economics of the cuts
Meetings: how to make them more fun and more democratic
Campaign strategy: what do you want to achieve and how to get there 

We also hope to include further sessions on social media, making your own video and protest law. Look out for details online as they emerge.

Please RSVP to sos.training@ox4.org letting us know which sessions you would like to attend and any special access requirements you have.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Korky Paul to award prizes:

Korky Paul to award prizes:

Presentation of about 50 prizes to school children who participated in the Save Headington Library writing competition by Korky Paul at 1pm on 16th April. http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/
Organised by Christine Trueman and Lynda Hayward:

16th April
Headington Library

Christine is organising an Easter bonnet competition with Easter egg prizes at 12.00pm on the same day.