Decision details

Consultation on the Future of Harlington Library

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes




That Cabinet:


1.    Approves for public consultation the proposal to decommission Harlington library;

2.    Notes the equalities impact assessment and the measures proposed to mitigate the adverse effects of any decision to close the library;

3.    Agrees to consider the findings of the consultation at a future Cabinet meeting in order to decide on the future of Harlington library and notes that a further equalities impact assessment will be commissioned ahead of any final decision.


Reasons for decision


Cabinet agreed to consult on the decommissioning of the Harlington Public Library. The Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services noted that the library was unique and that, in essence, it was a school library that operated as a public library. The Cabinet Member noted that the library was located on the grounds of Harlington School and, as a result, students at the school were the largest user as evidenced by the equalities impact assessment.


The Cabinet Member explained that the school was being rebuilt with a brand new library further inside the school site and away from the public highway and, subject to the consultation, the Council proposes to gift the current public library stock to the school. It was further noted that there were alternative libraries nearby and that the mobile library service would continue to serve the residents in the area.


Alternative options considered and rejected


Cabinet considered, but discounted other options for the future of Harlington Library, including reduced library opening hours, making it volunteer-run and seeking an alternate location for the reasons set out in the report.


Relevant Select Committee

Residents’ Services

Expiry date for any scrutiny call-in / date decision can be implemented (if no call-in)

5pm, Friday 24 February 2023

Officer(s) to action

Darren Deeks






The report and any background papers relating to this decision by the Cabinet are available to view on the Council's website or by visiting the Civic Centre, Uxbridge.



Publication date: 17/02/2023

Date of decision: 16/02/2023

Decided at meeting: 16/02/2023 - CABINET

Effective from: 25/02/2023

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