Libraries and community assets
Community assets change programme
There are over 70 community-based assets across the Borough, including 15 Libraries, 28 Community Centres, 8 Youth Centres, 4 Children’s Locality Centres and community hire facilities such as scout and guide huts. The services and support provided from these facilities are also accessed or operated by other groups or partners including Police, Health, town and parish councils and special interest groups such as charities.
The Community Assets Change Programme is reviewing the purpose of community-based assets and the services operated within them to develop co-location opportunities by working with communities and local organisations. The aim of this is to ensure local access to services is sustainable and in line with local demand.
The council cannot afford to directly deliver services in the same way as it traditionally has and the council has the ambition to secure sustainable operating models for community-based services, including libraries, within much smaller funding envelopes available.