The Library's future is at risk
News Update - 15 April 2018
Surrey County Council's Cabinet has AGAIN postponed consideration of a report on the future of Surrey Performing Arts Library until its meeting on 29 May (2.00 p.m. in County Hall, Kingston upon Thames). The agenda for that meeting, and the council officers' report on SPAL, should be published on the County Council website on or about 22 May. We urge you to look at the report when it is published. Surrey County Council's budget challenges are not going to get any easier and there is already discussion about further cuts to the Surrey Libraries budget. So if you value SPAL and want to see the collection kept together, please try to attend the Cabinet meeting if you can to show your support for those trying to give SPAL a long-term sustainable future. keeping the SPAL collection together with proper staffing and a sustainable future.
The new charitable organization, NewSPAL, set up with a view to taking over SPAL, if Surrey County Council agrees to its proposal, has now attracted pledges of support from over 200 groups (and many individual supporters) and has raised pledges of funding to help finance the transition of SPAL to NewSPAL of over £70,000 (towards an initial budget of £83,000). You can find out more about NewSPAL from its website (www.newspal.org.uk) and you can see a two page submission which NewSPAL sent to Surrey County Council earlier this month summarising its proposal for SPAL here.
Making Music NewSPAL survey [here]
Making Music, FOSPAL & Inter. Assn. of Music Libraries report to Surrey County Council.
You can find the latest FOSPAL newsletter here
Surrey Performing Arts Library