Archived News for 2012
Saturday 25th November 2012
We now have the date of Saturday 16th February 2013 for opening as a community partnered library. The library will be shut the preceeding Monday to Friday for interior updating.
Saturday 29th September 2012
The Community Partnered Library scheme appears to be moving forward, and it seems that SCC is aiming to move all ten libraries involved to volunteer running by the end of March 2013, however Stoneleigh is now likely to be one of the last to change and is not expected to become volunteer run until Feb/Mar 2013. Further details are in the Chairperson's report for September 2012, which may be found with other documents for the Core Group meeting on 2nd October, under "About Friends of Stoneleigh Library" link to the left.
Thursday 16th. August 2012 15:55
The SCC Communities Select Committe has today reviewed the Commuinity Partnered Library decision made on the 24th July, and decided not to refer this back to the SCC caninet for reconsideration. This means that the CPL initiative will proceed as the council originally planned, ahthough a bit later than first envisaged.
Wednesday 1st. August 2012
The decision of the cabinet re. the Community Partnered Libraries has been called in for review by the Communities Commitee
Tuesday 24th. July 2012 15:55
SCC Cabinet Meeting has just unanimously agreed recommendations to proceed with the Community Partnered Libraries. As with other recent council communication on this issue, there was considerable support for the idea that the CPLs can greatly expand their services into the community over the next few years and provide much added value that a council run small library could not do. As an example it was mentioned that one library has plans for Sunday opening using their volunteers. The issue of savings didn't seem to be fully addressed, but strong insinuations were made as to future restrictions on public finances and the future sustainability of the smaller libraries as council run libraries. Between the words seemed to be the implication that these libraries would have been closed at some time in the future without the CPL initiative moving forward.
The archived Cabinet meeting webcast is now available to watch at:
The debate on libraries starts with some public questions around 18mins into the webcast.
A couple of news links are here:
Helyn Clack/Lee Godfrey Interview on BBC Radio Surrey on iPlayer
A spot about the Surrey Libraries including interview with Lee Godfrey, from SLAM, and Helyn Clack, SCC Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games. Although brief this includes some good questioning and is worth listening to.
Helyn Clack: "... the costs that will come out of the CPLs around the staffing will be reinvested into the service..."
The SLAM Instant Twitter Response:
"SCC retake library decision. Policy completely unchanged despite very many outstanding issues. Here we go again!"
I think many of us hope however that this will not be "here we go again" but rather this time the CPLs can just get on with all the good work that is being planned. The thought of further legal action is just too horrifying to contemplate !
Friday 14th. July 2012
Three papers for the next Surrey County Council Cabinet meeting to be held on the 24th July - all concerning the Community Partnered Libraries - are available on the SCC website.
Thursday 12th. July 2012
Below is a letter that Diana Kay, Chair of the Friends of Stoneleigh Library, is sending to David McNulty, Chief Exec of Surrey County Council, re. current concerns over the Community Partnered Library program:
(Click to to open this PDF file in a new browser tab or browser window)
Tuesday 3rd. July 2012
At the Friends of Stoneleigh Library AGM this evening, the existing trustees were re-elected for a further year, and one additional trustee (Sadiye Karadeniz) elected.
The minutes of the AGM are now available and may be found on the "About Friends of Stoneleigh Library" page.
Wednesday 24th. April 2012
At a Surrey County Council Cabinet meeting today a question was asked by Hazel Watson (Member for Dorking Hills) about the library plans, and the following is a rough transcript of the verbal reply given by David Hodge (Council Leader):
“Surrey County Council will take a decision on the libraries plans again, following a judicial review. Earlier this month Mr Justice Wilkie upheld a technical challenge over a decision to create ten community run libraries staffed by volunteers, although he did not criticise the policy itself. With that in mind the council has decided to bring the proposals back to a cabinet meeting on the 19th June, when it will consider all the work that has already been done to develop a comprehensive training package for volunteers. In the weeks leading up to that meeting the council will carry out further consultations about equalities training for volunteers at community libraries. Our aim all along is to keep the fifty-two libraries of Surrey open, whilst elsewhere in the country many branches are being closed. Our policy allows the community to run libraries to enable us to do this and it is also our council policy. The judge said that although the council has done a lot of work to develop equalities training the High Court ruled that there should have been more detail about it in the cabinet papers about it at the meeting in September last. The judge recognised that the county council has got excellent equalities and diversities processes within the organisation and did not criticise them at any stage; on the contrary he thought they were very good. What we are going to do now is to bring this back to the June meeting. The matter was due to go back to court in May as part of the judicial review however the council has carefully considered Mr Justice Wilkie’s judgement and feels it is not in the best interests of the library-goers or the taxpayer to return to court. The council’s lawyers will now work on the wording of a legal agreement called a consent order with the solicitors acting for the claimants who brought the judicial review against the council. In his judgement earlier this month Mr Justice Willkie did not criticise the proposal for community partnered libraries or the various consultations that have been carried out by this council. However he did uphold a small technical challenge that the cabinet should have more information in front of it about the work that the council had already done to develop equalities training for volunteers when it made its decision in September”.
Tuesday 3rd. April 2012
A judgement has been issued for the judicial review concerning the Surrey library reorganisation, but it seem that things remain somewhat inconclusive, and a further hearing is scheduled for May to determine the way forward.
Surrey County Council have issued the following press release
and the judgement itself is here:
Saturday 31st March February 2012
Easter "Eggstravaganza" at the library on Saturday 31st. March, between 10:00am and 16:00pm. Great fun for all the family, events and competitions with prizes for both adults and children .
- 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Craft activities & Easter treasure hunt, bumper booksale and refreshments for sale
- 10.00 am - 1.30 pm Easter hat making
- 10.30 am - 11.00 am Special Storytime for three to five year olds.
- 11.15 am - 11.45 am Rhymetime for the under-fives
- 12.00 noon Closing time for any entries for the children's colouring competition
- 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sometime between two and three o-clock the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell will visit, and judge the Easter hat competition, then present the prizes for the colouring competition and hat competition, and also announce the winners of the "Guess the Number of Eggs in the Jar" and a Competition for Adults.!
Wednesday 21th March 2012
A couple of links for those of you interested in the latest on the judicial review:
BBC News Report on Surrey Judicial Review:
A link to the parliamentary select committee enquiry is here:
Tuesday 20th March 2012
The judicial review of the council's plan's for library reorganisation was concluded today, but any decision has been deferred until next week.
Wednesday 29th Februrary 2012
Yesterday's Bring and Buy Sale was a really successful event supported by a good number of you: so many thanks to all who supported us with generous donations of items for the sale, and those of you who came and joined us for coffee and biscuits, and then enjoyed browsing, buying and nattering! Also many thanks to all our members who helped out on the day. I am told this raised £187 towards the FofSL funds - a great result !
Tuesday 28th February 2012
Fundraising Bring-and-Buy Sale on Tuesday 28th. February 9:30am-12noon at the Trix Cafe in Stoneleigh Broadway. Nearly new items, books, cakes and plants can be brought in advance to the Trix Cafe between 5.30-6.30pm on Monday 27th Feb or on the morning itself.
Monday 20th February 2012 - Friends of Stoneleigh Library Trustee Statement
Following a meeting to discuss the recent legal events affecting the Surrey Library's reorgnaisation, the trustees of the Friends of Stoneleigh Library have issued the following statement:
Friends of Stoneleigh Library have been very encouraged by the response of local people who have come forward to offer to volunteer to help at Stoneleigh Library . We have conducted a series of group interviews for prospective volunteers and have been delighted with the calibre, skills and enthusiasm of those who have attended. This has been an opportunity for local people to come together and work to develop something they are really care about - a local library service, accessible to all.
Friends of Stoneleigh Library now await the findings of the Judicial Review into Surrey County Council’s plans for the library service with interest and will continue to support Stoneleigh Library in whatever way is needed to ensure that Stoneleigh Library continues as a vibrant and lively resource in the heart of the local community.
Tuesday 14th February 2012
The new self service machine has been installed which allows loans, renewals, etc, and also those nasty fine payments ! Also a nice bit of carpet which smells very new. The library staff have re-arranged things around the old front desk area; The entry counter remains, but the exit one has now gone and the old exit passage has been removed, making room for a slight increase in size of the children's library area. Some interesting folders showing views of the library before and after this reorganisation, and also posters for past events that have taken place - these actually take up several folders reflecting the immense efforts library staff have put into keeping us entertained over the past years. It is appreciated!
Thursday 9th February 2012
The judicial review of the council's plan's for library reorganisation has been rescheduled for 19th/20th March Since the current injunction restrains the council from setting up any new community partnerships, this has resulted in the proposed opening date of 19th March for Stoneleigh Community Library being delayed.
Friday 3rd February 2012
From a Surrey Councy Council Press Release:
'The High Court today upheld an earlier decision to impose a temporary order which stops the authority from taking any ‘irrevocable action’ towards creating community libraries ahead of a judicial review of the council’s plans."'
The full statement can be found here: [This will open a new browser window or browser tab]
Monday 16th January 2012
It is planned that Stoneleigh Community Library will open as a volunteer run library on Monday 19th March 2012,
after shutting for one week to allow time for volunteer training and familiarisation.