This week Havering Council have launched a consultation into the future of libraries and children's services across the borough. The council have made a commitment to continue providing services, but the nature of their delivery is open for comment.
Similar to the model now used by Barking and Dagenham, one of the options would be to have volunteers run half of the libraries, making them community led. Libraries being considered for this model in the south are Elm Park and South Hornchurch.
Part of the consultation considers the future of children's centres in the borough – the proposal is to relocate a number of centres, moving them into schools and community spaces.
In the south of the borough this would mean services currently offered at Rainham Village Children's Centre would be relocated. The children's centre in Elm Park is one of the biggest in the borough and will continue to provide services post consultation.
Jon Cruddas MP commented "this consultation could see vital children's services currently located in Rainham Village moved to a different location. I would urge the council that if these services are to be relocated that they remain in the Rainham area."
There are a number of public events being held across the borough to discuss the proposals. In the constituency of Dagenham and Rainham the following meetings are being held:
- Elm Park Library
- St Nicholas Avenue, Elm Park, Romford, RM12 4PT
- Tuesday 2 July
- Elm Park Children's Centre
- Diban Avenue, Hornchurch, RM12 4YH
- Tuesday 23 July
- Rainham Library
- 6 Celtic Farm Road, Rainham, RM13 9GP
- Monday 8 July
- South Hornchurch Library
- Rainham Road, Rainham, RM13 7RD
- Thursday 25 July
You can take part in the consultation online via the Havering Council website by clicking HERE