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Seven-day opening of Palmers Green Library is one of the innovations that will be introduced if Enfield Council agrees to a proposed Library Development Strategy for 2015 to 2018. The Strategy will be among the subjects to be discussed at this week's meeting of Enfield's Cabinet.  If agreed by the Cabinet, it will be presented to the full Council for its approval later this year. Palmers Green Library as it will look when it reopens later this year. Under the new strategy it will be open.......

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In a letter published in last weekend's Observer, the Chairman of the Local Government Association makes a strong plea for the government to suspend its programme of reductions in funding of local government.  Councillor David Sparks writes that "Local authorities have made £20bn savings since 2010 following reductions in government funding of 40%. Councils have worked hard to shield residents from the impact. However, efficiencies cannot be remade or buildings resold. Further local.......

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Research carried out by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability shows that Enfield Council is failing to fulfil its obligation to provide timely help to disabled people who need to make adjustments to their flats or houses. Under a 1996 law all councils are obliged  to provide Disabled Facilities Grants to all people who apply and are are qualified within twelve months.  In Enfield there are currently 155 people who are waiting for a disabled-friendly home - which will either require.......

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Enfield Council is to start looking for suitable partners to take over the majority of the borough's libraries.  These libraries would become "community libraries", offering a restricted range of library services, and would be co-located with other types of service provided by the chosen partners.  However, despite the use of "community" in the designation, a recent document suggests that chosen partners might include the commercial sector.. The libraries affected include Winchmore.......

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At the Enfield Council Meeting on Wednesday 25th March (7pm at the Civic Centre) councillors will be briefed on the strategy for the provision of secondary school places and will debate an opposition paper which proposes ways of reducing the cost of temporary accommodation for homeless families. Provision of secondary school places The executive summary of the briefing paper states that demand for secondary school places will continue to rise until 2020 followed by five years of slightly lower.......

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Residents who want to dispose of unwanted electrical items or bulky furniture are being urged to take advantage for two free services Enfield Council is offering. The services are being offered to encourage recycling, reduce fly tipping and promote the reuse of perfectly good electrical items that have been replaced or which are no longer wanted. Enfield Council is also providing free compostable liners for food waste in council libraries for a limited time.Residents can arrange a free.......

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Keeping House' is Enfield Council's innovative scheme for property owners living in long term residential care. For people moving into long-term care the cost, time and effort needed to maintain an empty property can prove challenging. Properties often remain unoccupied for lengthy periods of time, falling into disrepair and can attract anti-social behaviour. Under this scheme homes can be leased to the Council for a fixed period of time (five years) and provide guaranteed rental income to.......

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Message from Enfield Council. Despite having already made £75million of savings over the last four years Enfield Council now needs to find a further £80million savings over the next four years. By 2017/18, Enfield’s funding from central government will have been reduced by a further 25% meaning that, like most local authorities, Enfield is facing its toughest financial challenge to date. We would like to invite you to attend one of our focus groups where you can find out about the services.......

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Enfield Council is consulting residents about proposals for a radical restructuring of its current library service. The changes are designed to reduce the costs of library services -  Enfield is having to contend with a cut of £80 million in the amount of funding it receives from central government - through greater concentration of resources, while at the same time providing library services across the borough and modernising the types of service that are available. The consultation asks.......

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Enfield Library and Museum Service has provided updated information about arrangements during the closure of Palmers Green Library. The library will not reopen until autumn 2015.  In the meantime, opening hours have been extended at Winchmore Hill, Ridge Avenue and Southgate Circus libraries - click on the image to see the official notice.  In addition, a mobile library will be open in the Lodge Drive car park every Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The Library and Museum Service has a web.......

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Enfield Council's Library Service has modified the planned extended opening hours at neighbouring libraries which are designed to compensate for the year-long closure of Palmers Green Library from 26 July. There will now be extended hours only at Southgate Circus, Winchmore Hill and Ridge Avenue libraries and not at Bowes Road.  The extended hours will not start until 11 August.   Southgate Circus Winchmore Hill Ridge Avenue Monday 9am-8pm 9am-8pm 9am-8pm.......

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With less than a fortnight to go before Palmers Green Library closes its doors until autumn 2015, the public will have a chance to find out what the Library will look like and what services will be available after its refurbishment. Enfield Library and Museum Service are inviting anyone interested in the future of the library to come along to drop-in question and answer sessions on Saturday 12 July 2014 between 2.30 and 4pm and on Tuesday 22 July between 5.30 and 7pm.  At the session on.......

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When Palmers Green Library reopens in the summer of 2015 after its refurbishment, it appears that bookshelf space will be considerably smaller than at present.  In fact, one regular user's conclusion from looking at the artist's impressions of the refurbished library is that it will no longer really be a library, just a room with some books: I have recently been in the PG Library and taken a quick look at the architect's illustrations of the refurbished premises. Initially I thought there.......

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Residents of the London Borough of Enfield have until 30 January to register their views about the Council's 2013/2014 budget.  A page on the Council website sets the context for its spending plans, while a more detailed document can be downloaded.  This lists how the Council responded to the its residents' views on how it could save money in the current financial year and what its priorities should be, before going on to outline the ways that the Council intend to make savings over.......

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