Burton Latimer Town Council

Serving the people of Burton Latimer

Clerk: Mrs Helen Denton-Stacey
36 Sherrier Way, Lutterworth
Leicestershire LE17 4NW

BLTC's proposals to save Burton Latimer Library

Burton Latimer Town Council has submitted its proposal to take over the running of our library and is now awaiting a response from Northamptonshire County Council.

Under Northamptonshire County Council's recently proposed chnges to countywide library services, it was clear that Burton Latimer would lose its library unless the Town Council – or some other community organisation – was prepared to step in.

Almost 100 people attended Burton Latimer Town Council's public meetings on 22nd and 29th January to discuss proposals to save our library – which were extremely well-received by those present. The main points of BLTC's plan (which was extremely well-received by those present) are:

  • The Town Council would purchase the library building and associated land from the County Council on favourable terms.
  • The library would be run as a 'Community Library', with certain facilities still provided by the County Council.
  • The library would be staffed by professional librarians, with volunteer support.
  • The library would be open for 33 hours per week – including two evenings, when it would be open till 7pm.
  • The cost of this proposal would be met by a £9.33 increase in the precept and by using ring-fenced monies from the wind farm account.

Using the ring-fenced monies in this way would still leave about £30,000 available annually for grants across the town. And increasing the precept by just under 25p a week (for a Band D property) This equates to £9.33 increase less than originally budgeted for will ensure our professionally-run library service continues.

Burton Latimer Town and Council

4 September ·

Library Update:
Firstly, we would like to reassure everyone that the Library is not closing.The business plan put forward by BLTC to NCC has been accepted and we are now going through legal channels to finalise the purchase of the Library, but this is likely to take some months.

In the meantime NCC still owns and runs the Library and we face staff shortages, causing some ad hoc closures. Volunteers from the Friends of the Library are staffing the Library at lunchtimes.

Due to staff shortages, NCC is closing the Library on alternate Saturdays. We are exploring the possibility of volunteers providing some cover to keep it open. Please watch for updates in the Library and on Facebook.

NCC has also withdrawn some of the services for under 5s. BLTC is planning to resume these once we have our own staff in place.

We would like to thank all customers for their patience and support in this difficult transition period and the Library staff for their hard work.

Bullet Points from BLTC Meeting 01/10/2019

. Library update, the legal teams are now dealing with the sale and purchase of the library. Staff issues have been addressed. To minimise Saturday closures BLTC are paying for some extra hours. Additional cover is being provided by volunteers organised by the Friends of the Library.

From 21st September the Library will be open 1000 - 1200 on Saturdays, run by volunteers from Friends of Burton Latimer Library.

Northamptonshire County Council is no longer able to provide staff for Saturday opening. The Friends of Burton Latimer Library are kindly providing volunteers to open it for two hours. The self service machines and printer/photocopier will be available but we are sorry that the computers will not be, nor can volunteers access the staff computer for ordering books.
Please bring correct cash for any purchases and/or change for the printer as volunteers cannot access the till.
Thank you for your continued support of our Library.
Burton Latimer Town Council is making progress with the purchase of the Library, but it is slower than we had hoped.

If you would like to offer your services as a volunteer, please contact Councillor Linda Gregory on 07944 083170 or linda.gregory152@yahoo.co.uk