Issue details

Library Services in Sandgate

Update July 2015 – Decision withdrawn:

Developments to the proposals for Sandgate Library mean that plans are now for the refurbishment of the Library only and are within existing delegations to senior officers.  Therefore no formal Cabinet Member decision will be required.




To seek approval to delegate responsibility to Sandgate Parish Council for the day to day running of Library services from Sandgate Library, working with volunteers. KCC will retain the statutory responsibility for providing Library services.


BS4K and Corporate Objectives

To put the citizen in control: the new model will create opportunities for local engagement and involvement in running library services through volunteering opportunities

Service objectives:

  • create welcoming and attractive libraries which will be centres for local communities open at convenient times.
  • promote the enjoyment of reading for people of all ages, opportunities for learning
  • provide access to world-wide links to information and services,


Impact/costs and risks of proposed decision

·   Savings will be delivered.

·   Services to customers will remain the same

·   The Parish Council do not recruit sufficient volunteers and the library does not open for the required number of hours.

·   Training for Parish Council and volunteers is insufficient and the standard of service deteriorates


Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Withdrawn

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/03/2013

Contact: 01622 696946, Email:


Key consultee groups
Library customers, local people, organisations and groups

Start and finish dates of consultation.
30 January 2013 – 6 March 2013

Equalities Impact Assessment included in the consultation documentation can be viewed at the Council’s website:

Date of publication of consultation outcomes and updated Equalities Impact Assessment

7 March 2013


All members of the council will be informed of the intention to make this decision


The Communities Cabinet Committee considered the issue on 19 September 2012 and the proposed decision will be further discussed on 14 March 2013.  Reports, Minutes and Webcasts from the meetings can be viewed by clicking on the links below:


September 2012


March 2013


The matter is referred to in the Divisional Business Plan 2013-14


The views of Mr Prater (Local Member) will be sought before the Cabinet Committee considers the proposed decision.



Financial implications: Cath Anley Libraries Registration and Archives 01622 696946 Support documents

Legal implications: 13/00017