At a meeting today, Sheffield councillors unanimously approved a Green proposal which urged the Council to take a flexible approach to working with community groups that have come forward to support 15 library branches across the city.
The Greens’ amendment to the libraries proposal recognised that each library branch and community group is different and the Council’s approach needs to be tailored to each one.
Brian Webster, Green councillor for Broomhill, said,
“I was pleased that councillors agreed with the principles put forward in our amendment, namely flexibility and openness to fresh ideas”
“If community-run libraries are to succeed, the Council needs to take account of the very different challenges that each branch faces, rather than adopting a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. It is essential that the Council now puts these principles into practice.”
The original motion and the Green Party amendment are below:
AMENDMENT MOVED BY COUNCILLOR BRIAN WEBSTER, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR JILLIAN CREASY
(f) recognises that each library branch and community group is different, and that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to working with co-delivered and associate libraries will be less effective than an approach that is tailored to each individual context; and
(g) therefore calls upon the Administration to give full consideration to alternative ideas put forward by community groups for the running, financing and future development of co-delivered and associate library branches in the city.