Portakabin: Progress has been made regarding the choice of unit for the library building. The one chosen is even more fire resistant and will have vision panels in the doors, which we prefer. It is of course more expensive, but should be superior in several ways. The portakabin will be an asset belonging to Gnosall Parish Council (GPC). The tenant will be Staffordshire County Council. GLEAN Hub CIO will be the sub-tenant running the community-managed library.
Fundraising: The amount raised so far by GLEAN in partnership with the Parish Council has reached the magnificent total of over £20,000. This figure does not include the £10,000 that Staffordshire County Council will pay GPC towards the building costs.
had excellent news from the Big Lottery Fund this year. Our application for funding has been successful and the partnership of Gnosall Parish Council and GLEAN Hub has been awarded a grant of £9,830 from Awards for All for GLEAN Community Hub and Library. This mark of confidence gives us an impetus to move forward. However, we still need to do fundraising, as there has already been some expenditure and costs are going up all the time, especially to meet safety requirements.
Werrington visit: All GLEAN members were welcomed to Werrington Community Library and Wellbeing Centre in January. We learnt a lot about how an active group of volunteers can manage and run a library very successfully, with numerous extra activities for all sections of the local community.
SCC Libraries Consultation of the future of Staffordshire County Council managed libraries: This consultation paper proposes that there will in future be only 16 SCC managed libraries in the county. Eccleshall and Penkridge are among those which have proposals for being community managed and run by volunteers. They both have buildings which they can take over. There are proposals that will affect mobile libraries too. The travelling library is to be withdrawn. We understand that there will continue to be a mobile library visiting Gnosall until the new library opens. The consultation ends on 1st April. Booklets about it are available at libraries or look online via the link https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/leisure/librariesnew/Help-shape-library-service/Help-shape-library-service.aspx
If you wish to contact GLEAN, perhaps to offer your services as a volunteer, or provide funding for this excellent cause, please email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org. To keep in touch with progress, please look at the website http://www.gleanhub.org/
The Parish Council has received several visits from concerned parishioners about inconsiderate parking in Gnosall. In particular, the most problematic areas are Lowfield Lane, Heron Brook, Springfield Gardens and Leese Walk usually around school drop off and pick up times. The Council is aware that parents of school children are being encouraged to park on The Memorial Village Hall or in places that do not obstruct private driveway or on junctions or pavements.
Other areas of concern, that our local PCSO has been made aware of are Cross Street, The Rank, Cowley Lane and Mill Lane. PCSO Patrick Wright in a statement sent to the Parish Council asks parishioners “to be mindful as to how and where you park your vehicles, especially close to the junctions of these roads. This may cause other road users inconvenience and potentially damage your vehicle if it is parked inconsiderately. In the event that any of the emergency services need to attend an incident and a vehicle is obstructing their route, it may be removed without any warning. I’m sure your cooperation will be appreciated by all in your community”. He added that PCSO’s will be stepping up patrols in these areas and giving advice to owners of vehicles considered to be parked inconsiderately.