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Impact assessment

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5 comments on “Impact assessment

  1. D M M Drummond |

    I email to enquire of the sums proposed to be requested via the S106 process for the large number of new homes to be introduced into Devon and the South Hams over the next ten years.

    Having read the impact assessment, I have not found any mention of the monies that will be acrued, only mention of how savings can be made.

    I also note that little assessment has been made of the impact of an aging population, in a society which promotes independent living for as long as possible. It does not need comment, that within the South Hams, a large proportion of the housing stock is taken as ‘second homes’.

    Isolated long term residents look to be at risk of penalisation, under the review. Some note has been made of bus travel and accessibility to proposed ‘Hubs’ and passing mention has been made of the slow progress of fibre optic broadband availability. One hopes that the proposal for joined up thinking, has investigated the impact of delay in broadband availability, the regularity of bus services to outlaying areas – during the non tourist season, with the continuance of a mobile service.

    If I have read the Impact Assessment correctly, there has been already, an approaching 50% cutback in staff and services in the name of cost reduction. In view of the further reductions proposed, might one be given information on the sums that will be acquired from developers through the S106 process?

    • Devon Libraries |

      Devon County Council routinely makes requests for contributions from developers towards the provision of services as allowed under relevant legislation including ‘S106’; such requests take into account library provision where this is appropriate. Any contributions received are intended to mitigate the impact of increased demand from additional population resulting from the development and as such cannot be taken into account when planning provision for existing services and residents.

      Devon Libraries

  2. Jill Machin |

    I think the seven proposals have been carefully worded so that it is difficult to honestly answer ‘no’ to any of them. After all, who could possibly say ‘no’ to a proposal to reduce costs? It is a meaningless consultation exercise until it contains specific details of what will happen to particular libraries. If the questions were phrased more honestly eg ‘do you want your local library to close?’ or ‘do you want all the paid staff in your local library to be replaced by volunteers?’ then there would no doubt be a very different outcome to the consultation.

  3. Michael Elsmere |

    I am broadly in agreement with Dr. Coomber here. This consultation is almost meaningless for the reasons stated by him and heightens my suspicion that cuts and downgrading of the library service in Devon will occur whatever the ‘democratic’ community concerns. How has DCC ensured that library users with no digital access are consulted? Instead of tamely accepting government cuts DCC should have fought them and loudly protested. I haven’t heard a murmur! These proposals emanate from so called democratic representatives who probably never, if ever, use our library services so will be little impacted by cuts and downgrades.

  4. Dr Ross Coomber |

    It is a strange process that puts forward proposals to alter a service without also providing any guidance or thresholds about what the council wants to commit to. Some principles about minimum thresholds of service delivery (however operationalised/designed) would have been helpful. For example what are the genuine, evidence based benefits of libraries to various segments of the population (children and older people in particular). Knowing this (and informing people about it when asking them to make decisions) provides some guidance about how services can be best delivered and facilitates reflective and informed decisions. Providing options without providing better evidence or principles of commitment to a level of service delivery is thus not meaningful consultation. The examples of alternative community models doesn’t provide information on the levels of service and how they compare to what existed previously; customer satisfaction, or importantly whether they are able to offer sustainable up-to-date services.