Issue details

Library Services in Sherwood

To seek approval to delegate responsibility to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for the day to day running of Library services from Sherwood Library, working with volunteers.KCC to retain the statutory responsibility for providing Library services.


How the decision relates to 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 Borough Council do not recruit sufficient volunteers and the library does not open for the required number of hours.

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


Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Abandoned

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

Contact: Jonathan White, Southborough Project Manager 01622 696904, Email: Email: Tel: 01622 696904.


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

Publication of consultation outcomes and updated Equalities Impact Assessment due 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 at meetings on 19 September 2012 and 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


Mr Tansley’s (Local Member) views will be sought before the Cabinet Committee considers the proposed decision.


Financial implications: Cath Anley Libraries Registration and Archives 01622 696946

Legal implications: 13/00018