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Update 30 January 2019

This consultation is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation. We are currently analysing the responses and producing a consultation report, which will be presented to the Growth, Economic Development and Communities Cabinet Committee on 7 March 2019 before a decision is taken by the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regulatory Services.


Original Consultation Text


The Libraries, Registration and Archives Service (LRA) run by Kent County Council (KCC) is a highly-valued community service. LRA’s wide range of services are delivered across Kent to anyone who lives, works, studies or visits Kent, and our services support everyone at important stages in their lives.

The communities and customers that LRA serves are changing and will continue to change over time. There are new challenges to face and opportunities to explore. The draft strategy sets out how KCC will continue to provide a sustainable libraries, registration and archives service to meet the needs and choices of our customers and communities.

Have your say

We want to hear your feedback on our draft strategy, which includes a proposal to tier libraries and review opening hours. No decision has been taken yet and your views are important in helping us to make a final decision.

The draft strategy is available to download from the 'Documents' section below. Please tell us your views by completing the online questionnaire via the link under 'Respond' below.

In the ‘Documents’ section below you will find our initial Equality Impact Assessments (EqIA) for the draft strategy and library tiering proposal for you to read and comment on via the consultation questionnaire.

We are running 20 drop-in events at libraries across the county where you can talk to staff about the strategy and proposals.

Location Date Time
Ashford Library
Ashford Gateway Plus, Church Road, Ashford, TN23 1AS
Monday 26 November 9:30-12:30
Tenterden Library
2, Manor Row, High Street, Tenterden, TN30 6HP
Monday 26 November 14:00-17:00
Canterbury Library
18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA
Saturday 1 December 9:30-12:30
Herne Bay Library
124 High Street, Herne Bay CT6 5JY
Saturday 1 December 14:00-17:00
Dartford Library
Central Park, Market Street, Dartford, DA1 1EU
Thursday 6 December 16:00-19:00
Dover Library
Dover Discovery Centre, Market Square, Dover, CT16 1PH
Wednesday 12 December 9:30-12:30
Deal Library
Broad Street, Deal, CT14 6ER
Wednesday 12 December 14:00-17:00
Gravesend Library
Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1BE
Friday 14 December 9:30-12:30
Meopham Library
Wrotham Road, Meopham, Gravesend, DA13 0AH
Friday 14 December 14:00-17:00
Kent History and Library Centre
James Whatman Way, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ
Wednesday 2 January 9:30-12:30
Sevenoaks Library
Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 1LQ
Thursday 3 January 16:00-19:00
Edenbridge Library
The Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge, TN8 6BY
Saturday 5 January 9:30-12:30
Folkestone Library
2 Grace Hill, Folkestone, CT20 1HD
Sunday 6 January 10:00-13:00
New Romney Library
82 High Street, New Romney, TN28 8AU
Wednesday 9 January 9:30-12:30
Sittingbourne Library
Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, ME10 4AH
Saturday 12 January 9:30-12:30
Sheerness Library
Sheppey Gateway, 38 - 42 High Street, Sheerness, ME12 1NL
Monday 14 January 14:00-17:00
Tonbridge Library
1 Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge, TN9 1TG
Friday 18 January 9:30-12:30
Tunbridge Wells Library
Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1NS
Saturday 19 January 9:30-12:30
Margate Library
Thanet Gateway Plus, Cecil Street, Margate, CT9 1RE
Wednesday 23 January 9:30-12:30
Ramsgate Library
Guildford Lawn, Ramsgate, CT11 9AY
Wednesday 23 January 14:00-17:00


Please note this consultation closes at midnight on 29 January 2019. 

Alternative Formats and Hard Copies

Easy Read and Accessible Word versions of the draft strategy and questionnaire are available from the ‘Documents’ section below. To request hard copies of any of the consultation documents, or for any other formats, please email: or call: 03000 421553 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.


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This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    21 Nov 2018 at 09:00
  • Closed
    29 Jan 2019 at 23:59
  • Response to be published


Consulting Organisation Type Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic General interest, Libraries and archives
Consultation Methods Online survey / questionnaire / forms, Other survey / questionnaire / forms, Community event
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