RBWM Library Transformation Strategy - Proposed Closure of Datchet Library

Published: 10 February 2021

RBWM Library Transformation Strategy

RBWM want to transform Royal Borough Libraries in a way that responds to the changing needs in the communities and the positive changes and different delivery methods they’ve been able to experiment with in response to the pandemic.

They have undertaken a review of the service and have put forward proposals to reshape it in a way that builds on the good work already taking place in terms of digital development, community engagement and volunteering.

Their proposal is to Close Datchet Library - see page 1 of the Reduction Proposals in the link below.

Libraries are a statutory service but it is up to local communities to determine how that service is delivered and how it should be shaped.

Please read the Library Transformation Strategy and related appendices.

The financial pressures on the Borough Council are now greater than ever and very difficult decisions have to be made in order for the council to deliver a balanced budget, which it is required to do by law. Council tax cannot be raised above a nationally set level without a local Referendum. In the light of this, the library service is required to make £292K in savings.

Please read the Reduction Proposals.

The consultation will be open until Friday 30 April 2021.

Have your say