We are currently running one of the biggest, most comprehensive engagement programmes that I can recall over the last 12 years of this Administration.
It is about the future of the library service and I know that many in the Borough see it as an issue that has generated much discussion and because of that, I want people to get involved.
As I have written before, the Council faces a huge challenge to save nearly £60m over the next three years. With over 70 percent of our budget going on providing personalised social care and public health, we have to look at every Council service to see how we can cut our “cloth” according to our means.
We are offering over 100 hours’ of sessions on different days, at various times and a range of venues where you can have your voice heard.
Your views matter in helping shape the future draft strategy for the library service, a strategy on which there will be full consultation later this year.
There has already been a lot of debate, covering many different areas, which I of course welcome.
Over the rest of the week, we have a dozen more sessions. On Tuesday 15 March you can come to Covingham Library from 10am to noon, or Pinetrees from 1.30pm to 3pm or Penhill from 3.30pm to 5pm.
On Wednesday 16 March we have a session at Haydon Wick Parish Council offices from 9.30am to 1.30pm, which will cover the community governance review as well as libraries. That afternoon from 2pm to 5pm there will be drop-in session at the Central library.
Thursday 17 March will have a sessions at Broadgreen Community centre from noon to 4pm, or Even Swindon library from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
You could come to the event at Walcot library from 10am to noon on Friday 18 March, or come to Wroughton library from 1pm to 3pm.
There will be another event at the Central library on Saturday 19 March from 10am to noon, with a session at the West Swindon library from 1pm to 3pm.
The last one this week, and there will be more up to 23 March, will be at the North Swindon library from 12.30 to 2.30pm.
Details of all the remaining events, and information about to comment is at www.swindon.gov.uk/goinglocal
I understand that the face-to-face sessions might not be suitable for all of those who wish to have their say. People can get in touch by sending an email to email@example.com