What would you like to see at your library?

Published
13.01.2020

People in Matson are being invited to give their views on what improvements they would like to see at their local library.

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A sum of money from developers is available to spend on improving the design, facilities, book stock and activities provided at the library in Winsley Road.

We are looking to engage with the community to ensure any changes made are in line with customers’ wishes.

To help us shape future plans for the library, we have launched a survey today which can be accessed here – www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/matsonlibrary. It will run for eight weeks, closing on 6 March, and hard copies are available from Matson Library and other community venues.

Questions include what might encourage you to visit the library, what sections of the library you currently use and what services you would like to access if they were available.

As part of our public consultation we will also be holding drop-in sessions at the library to give people opportunities to share their views and find out more. They are being held on:

  • Tuesday 11 February (2-4.30pm)
  • Thursday 27 February (10am-12.30pm)

Plans for the library could include the installation of a toilet for customers, the addition of a vibrant children’s area and ensuring the stock of books we are sourcing meets the needs of the community.

Extra clubs and services could also be set up, such as a Lego club, support for older people or digital/computer support, so we want to hear what you would like us to prioritise.

The money is available through Section 106 funding from developers, which is used for social and community projects.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries, said: “This is a great opportunity to make improvements to Matson Library so I hope as many people as possible take part in the survey. It’s important to tell us what you think so we can make the library a truly welcoming place at the heart of its community.”

Cllr Kate Haigh, local councillor for Matson, said: “Investment in our library is welcome and I hope that people will take part in the consultation and make sure that it offers the service our community needs. So if you would like better opening hours, more books and resources or more opportunities for the community to use the facilities, then let the council know.”

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