Worried about your library closing?


Essex Library Services has announced a planned strategy of cuts in the 74 libraries in Essex (excluding Thurrock and Southend.) 25 will close and another 19 are under threat.  Here is the link to the full plan, the draft 2019 – 2024 Strategy and the Survey.

If you want to have your say in keeping Hadleigh, South Benfleet or Tarpots Libraries open and functioning as part of a professional Essex Library Service – it is important that you respond to the survey before 20th February 2019.

If you want to keep your library, say now.  When it’s gone, it’s gone!

As an alternative to completing the survey on-line, you can:
–  ask at your local library (while it still exists!) for help to complete the survey online there;
– complete the survey by phone on 0345 603 7639
– request a large print, EasyRead or paper version in your library or over the phone, to be sent to you
– e-mail clare.wakeling@essex.gov.uk who will add points from e-mails to the results of the survey, ( better to also complete the survey.)

Note that questions 7 and 8 in the survey include multiple, conflicting questions but have only one answer each.

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  • We heard the Essex Library representative at the recent drop-in say that Leigh Library is our nearest community Library; but yesterday we checked with Leigh Library and their response was: ” No, we are not a Community Library, we are one of the six Southend Libraries, we have no idea where Essex get their wrong information.”

    By Stu Edward (05/02/2019)
  • There is a more detailed view of the survey on our sister site at

    By Nick Turner (24/01/2019)

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