Wolverhampton libraries: Bilston could move from 145-year-old home in major shake-up

A major shake-up of libraries in Wolverhampton has been unveiled with one facing a move from its 145-year-old home and businesses being invited in to four others.

, Bilston Library
Bilston Library

The city council has launched a review over its 16 libraries. Bilston library could be relocated from its Grade II listed home in Mount Pleasant to Bilston Town Hall under one proposal put forward.

Central library in Wolverhampton will remain with improvements planned inside the building.

Other ideas include relocating Low Hill library to Low Hill Community Hub and East Park to an unknown location.

The council also wants to invite businesses to set up bases in some of the libraries, including Finchfield, Whitmore Reans, Spring Vale and Penn.

The council is also exploring the possibility of the public supporting the running of libraries. These include Finchfield, Pendeford, Penn, Spring Vale, East Park, Tettenhall, Wednesfield, Whitmore Reans.

At Warstones, the council is considering building a new library at the same location which would form part of a new Community Health Hub.

Self-service facilities are also being considered at some of the libraries in order to extend the opening hours when no staff are available.

The council is not proposing to reduce the number of libraries in the borough, currently 16.

The 10-year strategy on the service, which currently costs £1.3m a year to run, will go out for consultation on February 27, and will finish on May 21.

Proposals to save £500,000 from the libraries service in the current financial year were scrapped in October ahead of the review.

Public feedback will be reviewed as part of the decision making process.

Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for city economy, said: “The purpose of the strategy is to improve library services for people who live, work, study and visit Wolverhampton and set out how we will deliver local and national priorities, in the context of changing demands and customer needs.

“Against the backdrop of a wider public sector financial challenge, we also need to ensure that our libraries provide a network of support that is sustainable and provides value for money to taxpayers.”

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Comments for: "Wolverhampton libraries: Bilston could move from 145-year-old home in major shake-up"

gold and black wolves

what are we paying our taxes for sack the lot

jeffrey.

IF it ain't broke don't fix it

Leave the library in Bilston alone. It is a lovely building and functions well

RicRob

So the cabinet member for city economy, said: “The purpose of the strategy is to improve library services for people who live, work, study and visit Wolverhampton and set out how we will deliver local and national priorities, in the context of changing demands and customer needs."

Really? Don't the council want to reduce the cost of running this service? It's already gone from about £5 million to £1.5 million with the loss of over half the staffing and a massive reduction in hours. The council / library seem determined to maintain the number of branches, but with fewer staff (or with volunteers).

It's time for councillors to be honest with the people of Wolverhampton. This isn't about reacting to "changing demands and customer needs", it's about cuts and reductions in service.

wolfie78

It's fine were and as it is nice place sure might be old building frendly staff in the community I don't think it would be better moving leave it be how much money council waste should be looked at council tax gone up every year for ten years over inflation and they still don't have enough makes me laugh

Blue Boy

East Park library is to move into an unknown location???? This clearly demonstrates that the council has not fully thought this out and then the clowns say they have a "strategy".

I have said before that I can speak fluent politician and can translate Councillor John Reynolds statement...... “The purpose of the strategy is to improve library services for people who live, work, study and visit Wolverhampton and set out how we will deliver local and national priorities, in the context of changing demands and customer needs.........“Against the backdrop of a wider public sector financial challenge, we also need to ensure that our libraries provide a network of support that is sustainable and provides value for money to taxpayers.”

What he actually means we have no idea what we are doing or how to manage a budget.....we don't want to buy anymore books......we know that the fools (Wolverhampton voters) will still elect us into our cushy jobs so we don't care what the people that will be affected say, anyway it is the Tories fault.

martin

So a suggestion is that it might be moved to The Town Hall. Exactly how is this going to work? The Entrance/Reception area is frequently occupied by an Internet Cafe and is in any case way too small to hold a Library. The Ballroom is often used for public events including Bi Monthly film shows, so this is not a practical option either. Perhaps they intend to reduce the size of the Library by 99%.

"Central library in Wolverhampton will remain with improvements planned inside the building. Excuse me but it's not that long since Central Library had a major refurbishment.

"The council is also exploring the possibility of the public supporting the running of libraries." Ever heard of Council Tax?

Stearmans overhead kick

Wolverhampton seems to thrive at the expense of Bilston

Blue Boy

Wolverhampton thriving????? WHERE? Wolverhampton wouldn't thrive on Fantasy Island

Pandapower

Low Hill Library is a listed building, and has recently had a major refurb, so what is the sense in moving out now?