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This is a presentation made by Cllr David Arthur, the McKillop in Lochwinnoch, 24th November 2010. Entitled "Difficult Choices for Difficult Times" to the on the 24th Nov 2010. He outlines some of the …

This is a presentation made by Cllr David Arthur, the McKillop in Lochwinnoch, 24th November 2010. Entitled "Difficult Choices for Difficult Times" to the on the 24th Nov 2010. He outlines some of the "statistics" used as justification for the downgrading of Lochwinnoch Library. Please see pages 9 and 10, with a summary of the most damming figures on page 12. The figures are very biased as they use a single year comparison, and for maximum effect the council has used percentage decline figures rather than usage by the population.

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  • Notes for Liz Jamieson: Date could be confusing. Suggest removal?
  • Background Notes for Hunterhill. Over £118K spent on improving building in connection with new housing stock being erected in the vicinity. New roofing fitted. Improved security and building cladding to improve insulation. Designated evacuation/ rest centre for Elderly Care Home on Blackford Road Preferred location by Council for postal vote count for elections. New housing stock being built in the vicinity is forecast to result in additional bookings. Potential displacement option for Paisley Sea Cadets if Brediland CC is not viable as going concern. Potential displacement option for Tai Jutsu group from Brediland CC.
  • There was a commitment at the public meeting organised by the CC that there would be 4 PCs provided
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    • 1. RENFREWSHIRE COUNCIL Difficult Choices for Difficult Times McKillop Institute, Lochwinnoch 24 November 2011
    • 2. Purpose of the Meeting
      • To begin implementation of the decisions of council on 4 November 2010
      • Engage with the community to develop the new library space for users
    • 3. Difficult Choices for Difficult Times
      • The next financial year presents significant financial challenges for the Council.
      • The Council anticipates these financial challenges will remain for the foreseeable future.
    • 4. What does this mean for Renfrewshire?
      • Likely to mean an annual revenue grant cut in cash terms for Renfrewshire for each of next 3 years
      • Total budget pressures of up to £30 million per year anticipated
      • Funding gap could range from £55 million to £90 million for next 3 years
    • 5. The challenges ahead/ impact of the recession on public spending
      • Significant cuts in Government funding anticipated for the future, which is likely to mean cash cuts in real terms for the council over the next 3 years.
      • Cost and demand pressures on services adding to the funding gap (ex. services to the elderly, children’s services etc.)
    • 6. Dealing with the challenge
      • We believe that the difficult decisions that have been taken will enable these challenges to be tackled.
      • This includes a comprehensive review of the council’s asset and property portfolio.
    • 7.
      • Operational Property Review (non-housing)
        • - Matching service needs v property requirements
        • Analysis of asset performance
        • - Utilisation, condition, suitability, running costs etc
        • - Property running costs 2009/10: circa £22.6m
        • - Building condition surveys commissioned
        • Best Value Requirement
        • - Identify under used / poorly performing assets
        • - Examine alternative models of service delivery & opportunities for co-location
        • - Asset rationalisation
        • - Prioritise investment in retained estate
      Asset Management Overview
    • 8. Performance of Libraries
      • Lochwinnoch Library was considered for
      • re-location according to the following performance criteria:
          • Total loans
          • Stock usage statistics
          • PC bookings
          • Library visits
          • Total transactions
    • 9. Performance of Libraries Lochwinnoch is amongst the least used libraries in Renfrewshire in terms of loans and visits with a decreasing trend in the use of library services. Ferguslie Library and Ralston Library are already co-located with other services .   Total Change     Total   change   loans from     visits   from   2009/10 previous year     2009/10   previous year Johnstone 149992 -1%   Paisley Central 143907 12% Paisley Central 143542 -2%   Johnstone 134856 -14% Renfrew 95792 3%   Renfrew 76517 -17% Erskine 80454 6%   Erskine 71821 -11% Glenburn 59431 1%   Ferguslie 50369 14% Foxbar 34044 3%   Glenburn 42420 3% Linwood 32640 -3%   Bishopton 29031 19% Bishopton 28794 -3%   Foxbar 25011 35% Bridge of Weir 27623 -5%   Bridge of Weir 23623 -5% Ralston 25078 -2%   Linwood 23067 -18% Lochwinnoch 21981 -2%   Lochwinnoch 22764 -22% Ferguslie 20428 10%   Ralston 13429 -20% Total 719799 1%   Total 656815 -4%
    • 10. Performance of Libraries Lochwinnoch is amongst the least used libraries in Renfrewshire in terms of PC bookings and total transactions, with a decreasing trend in the use of library services. Ralston Library is already co-located with other services and Bridge of Weir will be co-located from 2011.   Total Change   Total Change   PC bookings from   transactions from   2009/10 previous year   2009/10 previous year Paisley Central 22442 -1.0%   Paisley Central 309891 4% Johnstone 14378 -5.0%   Johnstone 299226 -8% Renfrew 10479 -3.0%   Renfrew 182788 -7% Ferguslie 8295 24.0%   Erskine 156421 -3% Erskine 4146 -22.0%   Glenburn 105119 1% Glenburn 3268 -17.0%   Ferguslie 79092 14% Linwood 3197 -29.0%   Foxbar 61220 14% Bishopton 2217 -23.0%   Bishopton 60042 6% Foxbar 2165 -2.0%   Linwood 58904 -11% Lochwinnoch 1783 -46.0%   Bridge of Weir 52458 -6% Bridge of Weir 1212 -36.0%   Lochwinnoch 46528 -15% Ralston 667 -11.0%   Ralston 39174 -9% Total 74249 -7.0%   Total 1450863 -2%
    • 11. Performance of Libraries The council agreed to retain library services in Lochwinnoch but to provide a more compact, contemporary library, which will provide a more efficient, cost effective service. The library will co-locate with the McKillop Institute, generating more efficiencies in terms of property costs, operational costs and cleaning, caretaking.
    • 12. Usage Summary for Lochwinnoch Library 2009/10 PC bookings dropped by 46% between 2008/09 and 2009/10 Total visits dropped by 22% between 2008/09 and 2009/10 Total transactions dropped by 15% between 2008/09 and 2009/10 Total loans dropped by 2% between 2008/09 and 2009/10   Total loans   2009/10 2009/10 21981 -2%     Total PC bookings   2009/10 2009/10 1783 -46%     Total visits   2009/10 2009/10 22764 -22%     Total transactions   2009/10 2009/10 46528 -15%
    • 13. Stock usage statistics for Lochwinnoch Library stock figures at July 2010 Stock not loaned in previous year 42% of non-fiction books not loaned 40% of talking books not loaned 29% of junior books not loaned 29% of large print books not loaned Adult paperback fiction stock Number not loaned in previous year Percentage not loaned in previous year   Adult hardback fiction stock Number not loaned in previous year Percentage not loaned in previous year   Adult non-fiction stock Number not loaned in previous year Percentage not loaned in previous year                       1724 259 15%   1146 88 8%   2177 905 42% Junior stock Number not loaned in previous year Percentage not loaned in previous year   Adult large print stock Number not loaned in previous year Percentage not loaned in previous year   Adult talking book stock Number not loaned in previous year Percentage not loaned in previous year                       2759 791 29%   413 121 29%   285 113 40%
    • 14. Developing the new library space
      • VISION - libraries to become the community hub with more integration with other leisure and council services.
      • The library will provide adult and childrens books, large print books and talking books.
      • Public PCs will be provided. PCs will also be available for online information and access to the library catalogue.
      • Other meeting spaces in the McKillop Institute will be used for library activities.
    • 15. Developing the new library space
      • The library space will be predominantly paperback to enhance choice of titles in a smaller space.
      • The library will of course contain best-selling current hardback titles.
      • Customers will have access to the full stock of Renfrewshire Libraries via the book request service. (requests will be offered free of charge)
      • Design of the library will be based on a modern book retail environment, making the best use of space.
      • Tea/ coffee facilities will be available for customers.
    • 16. Developing the new library space
    • 17. Community engagement
      • Tonight’s meeting can involve discussions with other library users where you will have an opportunity to share your ideas and views on developing the new library space, including:
      • reviewed opening hours
      • stock selection (books, magazines, newspapers?)
      • how many PCs?
      • library design
      • library events/ activities
    • 18. What happens next?
      • Work will begin to design the new library space within the McKillop Institute
      • Develop a library user forum
      • Progress will be shared with the community.
      • Current library services will continue unchanged while work on the new library space develops.
      • The relocation of the library to the McKillop Institute will be completed by the end of June 2011.
    • 19.
      • QUESTIONS
      • and
      • ANSWERS