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Future of Harlington Library (Cllr Eddie Lavery)


Meeting: 25/05/2023 - CABINET (Item 6)

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That the Cabinet:


1.     Notes the findings and considers the responses from a comprehensive consultation exercise and;


2.     Having regard to the content of the Equalities Impact Assessment, and noting the actions that are proposed to mitigate the adverse effects of Harlington Library closing, Cabinet agrees that it is satisfied that service users will retain the ability to access a comprehensive and efficient library service within Hillingdon. 


3.     Therefore:


a.     Approves the closure of Harlington library from Friday 21st July 2023 and instructs officers to inform all current service users of the closure and advise them about how they can still access the library service within Hillingdon, including the digital library, Mobile library and nearby alternative static libraries.


b.    Authorises the Corporate Director of Place, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Residents Services, to negotiate appropriate compensation with Harlington School.


c.     Instructs officers to take all necessary steps to terminate the Council’s lease relating to Harlington Library in accordance with the requirements of the  Department for Education.


Reasons for decision


Following public consultation, Cabinet duly considered the detailed responses to the proposed closure of Harlington library and noted that the matter had also been considered by the Residents’ Services Select Committee.


The Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services noted a minor inconsequential correction to the report for the record.


The Cabinet Member explained the unique nature of the library being situated within Harlington School and the outcome of the consultation. The consultation had received 84 responses and the library had the lowest rate of book borrowing in the Borough, with the vast majority of usage being pupils at the School. Whilst the equalities impact assessment noted some inconvenience to those residents who did use the library, including those with disabilities, the Cabinet Member outlined the proposed mitigations to the proposed closure, which would include increased opening hours at the nearby West Drayton Library and increased mobile library opening hours in Pinkwell Ward.


Cabinet considered the report and its recommendations. Firstly, having due regard to the consultation, the equalities impact assessment and also actions proposed to mitigate the adverse effects of the closure, Cabinet agreed that it was satisfied that users would retain the ability to access a comprehensive and efficient library service.


Secondly, and consequently, Cabinet therefore agreed to the closure of the library, noting that users would be advised how they to access other library services locally. Cabinet also made the necessary decisions to passport the library facilities to benefit Harlington School.


Alternative options considered and rejected


Cabinet considered that no viable alternative options had been identified as set out in the report, but that users would still be able to benefit from a substantial library service offer locally and across the Borough.


Relevant Select Committee

Residents’ Services

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

These decisions can be called-in by 5pm, Monday 5 June 2023.

Officer(s) to action

Darren Deeks




Public - 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.