Library Access Points: Following a great deal of hard work the County has managed to save all Library Access Points. There will be changes revolving around stock etc and each LAP will have to sign a new agreement with the Council. These will be agreed individually. It will mean that some LAPS will have to become more efficient to meet their targets.
Mobile Libraries: A plan to save £200,000 from the mobile service has been drawn up. There will be a reduction in the number of visits, most to one a month. Where there is currently a service it will be retained at a reduced level of service.
Libraries: The County has announced the review publicly and will be going out to consultation very shortly. They are planning to hold one consultation meeting in each district. It is important to remember that no closures are planned. The whole operation will be reviewed to see what savings can be made. The County is looking at £2.1 million in efficiency savings over the next three years. If the target our target then a further review of library provision may have to be made.
Integrated Planning Funding Update: As you know there has been a significant tightening of the belt this year as a result of reduced funding. It is set to get worse. The governments emergency budget, whilst not yet fully understood, is likely to reduce funding by up to £9m a year on top of the savings already made. A lot of very tough decisions are going to have to be made and it will get tougher.
Kick Ash: Trading Standards have been involved in the very successful launch on 25 June of Kick Ash at Bottisham Village College. This project is a smoking prevention programme designed to make the under 16’s more aware of the risks of smoking and is being led by young people for young people. The programme will be rolled out to 10 Cambridgeshire secondary schools and their local communities over the next three years. The key aspect of this programme is that the young people themselves become mentors in their schools and communities and so the programme should be self sustaining and have a real impact on young people’s smoking related behaviour.
School expansions approved: Plans have been approved to increase the size of six primary schools in Cambridgeshire to cater for an expected rise in pupil numbers. Cabinet has agreed the proposed expansions of the six schools, providing an additional 170 places across the county.
* Abbey Meadows Primary School, Cambridge – an extra 30 Reception places from September 2010
* Colville Primary School, Cambridge – an extra 30 Reception places from September 2010
* Spring Meadow Primary School, Ely – an extra 30 reception places from September 2010
* The Weatheralls Primary School, Soham – an extra 30 Reception places from September 2010
* St John’s C of E Primary School, Huntingdon – an extra 30 reception places from September 2010
* Pendragon Primary School, Papworth Everard – an extra 20 reception places from September 2011