Rush Green Library set to close under new proposals to go before Barking and Dagenham councillors

Rush Green Library

Rush Green Library - Credit: Archant

Rush Green Library is earmarked for closure following a period of public consultation on the library service.

Barking Learning Centre

Barking Learning Centre - Credit: Archant

It will be the third library to close in the borough in under 18 months and follows the closure of Castle Green Library in March.

Three proposals for the restructuring of the library service have been put forward following consultation and will be discussed at a Safer and Stronger Community Select Committee meeting on Wednesday before cabinet make a final vote on July 23.

Under proposed plans Rush Green library’s stock of books will be moved over to the Rush green Campus of Barking and Dagenham College, which is due to have a new library built in time for September and will allow for community access.

A council spokesperson said: “As both venues are close together on the same road there will be no reduction of service in the immediate area, but rather there will be a more enhanced service.

“The college Learning Resource Centre will be bigger, with more study spaces, more stock, more computers and with longer opening hours than at Rush Green Library.”

The first of the three options open to councillors includes volunteers delivering services at Valence, Thames View, marks Gate and Robert Jeyes libraries while Barking and Dagenham Council manages Dagenham Library and Barking Learning Centre.

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The second would see volunteers run Marks Gate Library, a community management scheme take over the running of Robert Jeyes Library and the council continue to manage Dagenham, Valence and Thames View libraries along with Barking Learning Centre.

All the libraries would continue to be run by the council in the third option, with a staffing restructure undertaken to reduce costs.

The first of these options would produce a saving of nearly £600,000 while the second would see £300,000 saved and the third £200,000.

Under the proposals, the book stock budget would be reduced from its current amount for each of the options.

What do you think of the proposals? Leave your comments below, call Freddy Mayhew on 0208 477 3816 or email freddy.mayhew@archant.co.uk to share your thoughts.

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