The Council consulted on three potential options:
- relocation to Bournemouth Learning Centre
- development of the current site to include housing and a library
- no change to the current building.
Residents were also invited to propose alternative options, and suggest ideas for raising income and making budget savings.
The Council now needs some time to determine its response to the results, ensuring that the comments and ideas from the consultation, together with relevant statistical and financial information, are thoroughly considered before any decision is made. A number of suggestions have been received for generating income as well as proposals for alternative solutions, which will also be investigated.
Therefore, although all three options consulted on remain possibilities, Ensbury Park Library will continue to operate from its current location whilst this consideration takes place.
Councillor Lawrence Williams, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and the Arts, said: “I would like to thank local people for taking part in the consultation. We received useful feedback through the process about how people view and use services, as well as suggestions on how local services can generate more income which we will now be following up. I know how much libraries’ services are valued and I encourage everyone to take part in the facilities and activities at their local library. We are always interested to hear your thoughts and suggestions.”
Once the results have been fully considered, a further report will be presented for discussion in public at a future meeting of the Community Overview & Scrutiny Panel.
The Ensbury Park Library consultation report is available in full at: http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/CouncilDemocratic/GetInvolvedHaveyoursay/Ensbury-Park-Library-Consultation.aspx