Bath & North East Somertset Council

Bath Library location consultation

Bath Library location - Overview of consultation results

Between July and September 2017, Bath & North East Somerset Council asked members of the public for their views on where would be best to co-locate the library and one stop shop out of two viable options – the Podium or Lewis House.

A total of 1,891 people responded to the public consultation – details of which were shared on the council’s website, via social media, in libraries and one stop shops, GP surgeries, leisure centres, and children’s centres.  The consultation was publicised in the local media, and steps were also taken to ensure that people from hard-to-reach groups and the care agencies were able to give their views. 

The future location of Bath’s Library has sparked much passionate debate in recent months, demonstrating just how valued this service is by residents. We would like to thank all those who have taken the time to respond to the consultation.

What are the results?

  • A total of 1,891 responses were received
  • 1,715 respondents (92%) opting for the Podium as a location for the combined Library and One stop shop
  • The preference for the Podium is echoed across nearly all demographic and user groups

Modern Libraries Bath - Consultation outcomes and proposals pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Appendix A Bath consultation results , item 12.pdf icon PDF 446 KB

Appendix B Bath Design Engagement Proposals , item 12.pdf icon PDF 60 KB

The next steps

In light of the consultation findings officers are recommending that the Cabinet agree to proposals to locate the integrated service of the library and customer services in the Podium as part of a modernisation programme which will both improve the service and ensure it is sustainable for the future. Integrating these services in Bath will help save nearly £400,000 a year as part of the Council’s wider Modern Libraries programme, which is expected to save up to a total of £800,000 a year by 2020.

The Council’s Cabinet will meet on Wednesday 11 October to agree the location of the integrated library and one stop shop.

Subject to the Cabinet’s approval to proceed with the recommended plan for the Podium, further community engagement will take place during the design phase to ensure that the integrated library and one stop shop meets a wide range of customer needs.

The Council intends to engage with a wide cross section of the community to reflect the needs of a wide range of users, drawn from the 604 people who expressed an interest in taking part in the design and users from a range of key groups. 

The next phase includes briefing, engagement and design works up to tender stage and it is anticipated that this will take place between November 2017 and May 2018.

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