Reasons for Decision:
The public consultation on options for the future for the Surrey Performing Arts Library, carried out in 2017, indicated a strong level of public support for an independent future for the service which would provide new opportunities for development and funding streams not currently available.
NewSPAL’s proposals had received expressions of support from potential users. They had presented a business plan which on evaluation by officers was seen to be capable of delivering an independent future, keeping the collection available to the public and helping preserve part of a national network of performing arts libraries. The viability of the new operating model will be tested during the two-three year transition period before the Cabinet is asked to consider a final transfer.
Officers will agree a set of performance measures and milestones with NewSPAL for the transition period to ensure that options for the future of the collection can be brought back to SCC should NewSPAL meet barriers that they cannot overcome. The recent public consultation on NewSPALs service offer has indicated a high level of support for NewSPAL taking on the service - with respondents stating they would use the new service as often as they use the current service. This level of support extends to the potential new location of Woking and any other location should Woking not materialise.
[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Adults & Lifelong Learning Select Committee]