Saturday 6th October 2018 ♦ New Surrey Performing Arts Library
- Progress Meeting -
More than 60 people attended a Saturday morning meeting in Leatherhead to hear progress on setting up a new performing arts library for Surrey and the South.
The main task was producing a report to SCC Cabinet setting out the details they require to reassure themselves our budgets and plans and are sound and well-researched.
Those present could also view a layout for potential premises offered by Woking Borough Council in the centre of the town, close to on-street parking and a multi-storey car park.
Plans include keeping the entire music and drama collection on a single floor, employing a professional librarian and an assistant, and a new online system for users to book sets in advance. After the initial presentation by NewSPAL trustee Barbara Eifler (Chief Executive of Making Music) there was plenty of time for questions from the floor.
The presentation slides can be viewed below this message.
While there are still many details to be finalised, the meeting was unanimous that NewSPAL's Trustees should continue their work and seek SCC approval this Autumn.
UPDATE: The Trustees presented the report to SCC Cabinet for consideration at their 2pm, 27th November, meeting in County Hall, Kingston. As you can read above, SPAL was not on the Cabinet agenda.
It may be taking longer than anyone hoped for, but let's all be clear that we have not lost any enthusiasm for securing the future of the Surrey Performing Arts Library - the nation's third largest public music and drama loans collection.
Presentation slides (To follow):