Libraries Consultation Phase 2 – have your say, (again)

The first phase of the public consultation has culminated in the Cabinet decision to reduce the reorganisation plan to three options (from five), detailed below.  All allow for a continued library service available on the current site in Shirley.

Option one would mean all libraries remain in council control and be open two fewer days per week, except the central library that would open five days per week. Under option two the council would work in partnership with an organisation to run all 13 libraries, which could include a charity or social enterprise.

Option three would keep eight libraries in council control and open two fewer days a week. The other five would be leased to community groups, with the council providing some staff two days a week, as well as books and IT support.

There were concerns about the costs of repair costs on the Shirley Library building, but the council has identified funding to meet these. This money will be found from the ring-fenced Community Infrastructure Levy which councils can charge to limit the impact of new developments and will additionally give more users out-of-hours access through Open + swipe cards.

Cabinet dropped three other options because they would not have met the savings needed – one that involved closing the five libraries; and two others to lease five libraries to community groups, with either full or reduced hours at the other eight.

Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture and regeneration commented : “We have listened to and acted on residents’ feedback by changing our proposals so that all 13 of our libraries will stay open in a way that would still allow us to make much-needed savings.

“I want to thank everyone who has taken part in the consultation so far, and I would encourage everyone who cares about their libraries to have their say again when we go live with detailed proposals at the beginning of June.”

The 2nd stage of consultation is now open.  Click on this link  Croydon Get Involved to see the survey and other related information.

Croydon Covid-19 Oxford-AZ vaccine walk-in sessions

Please see below a message from Dr Agnelo Fernandes and Matthew Kershaw

The coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective and remains our best protection against Covid-19 and the surest route to a return to normal life.   Millions of people have now received a Covid-19 vaccine and across Croydon we have now delivered over 320,000 doses of the vaccine.

Covid-19 infections rates are currently rising across England with the latest test-and-trace figures showing 45% more infections week-on-week.  The first dose of the vaccine offers a high level of protection, but to get maximum and longer-lasting protection, everyone will need to get a second dose. Across South West London, we are working to tackle the spread of Covid-19 by creating additional opportunities for people to vaccinate, including walk-in clinics.

Over the next week we will be offering the following walk-in clinics in Croydon for the Oxford-AZ vaccine:

  • Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace, SE25 6PU:
    • 9am to 7pm, Friday 11 to Sunday 13 June 2021
  • Centrale Shopping Centre, CR0 1TY:
    • 9am to 7pm, Monday 14 to Sunday 20 June 2021

We will be advertising these walk-in clinics for those who received their first dose of Oxford-AZ before mid-April but have not yet had their second.  We will also be encouraging anyone who is eligible for a first dose to come forward. Anyone under 40 can also come and speak to a clinician about their vaccination options.

These walk-in clinics complement the work we continue to deliver across the borough to vaccinate local people including our GP led vaccination centres, GP and nurse led pop-up clinics across the borough and outreach and engagement work for priority groups locally. As you know, you can read more about the programme on our website at www.swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid

All those eligible can book a vaccination appointment to suit them online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you are doing to help with the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Best wishes,

Dr Agnelo Fernandes

GP Borough Lead for Croydon

Bogus Surveyor – Warning

Please be aware, if you are having building work done, resident in Palace View this morning had smartly dressed man knock pretending to be his surveyor, luckily he realised he was not genuine. This appears to be common at the moment, stealing valuables once inside.