Our current library in Loughton is a wonderful community asset which is currently open six days a week 9am to 5pm.

It is much more than a traditional library, it is home to the National Jazz Archive, Citizens Advice Bureau and Loughton Town Council.

It provides computers, public Wi-Fi, gallery space, room and space hire and a sensory wall.

For me and for many others in our town it is a community facility and hub which is well worth keeping.

The range of regular events is impressive. On a weekly basis these are some of the sessions: baby and toddler rhyme time, computer coaching, traditional table top games, sensory play, Forest creative writers group and on a monthly basis, read and hear literature group, 1.30 book club, daddy cool, block builders construction sessions.

There are also a wide range of one-off events held during the year.

Whatever the plans Essex County Council has for our library, it is important that these current services are able to continue and that it remains a flourishing community hub.

Along with other local councillors I will be following in 2020 any proposals from Essex County Council very carefully and arguing for the retention of the current library services.

Stephen Murray

Independent Loughton Roding Ward Councillor