PLANS to launch a consultation on how to transform library services in Thurrock are set for approval.

Thurrock Council’s cabinet is expected to support a plan for a series of discussions with community groups and residents about how they want library services to develop.

A report, due to be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, said the council’s vision was for “a community of readers, thirsty for knowledge and learning”.

The results of a Thurrock libraries survey in September and October showed that of the 745 people who took part, 344 wanted different opening times at their closest library.

Other changes suggested included more refreshment facilities and the roll out of Wi-Fi as well as more activities for children and toddlers.

Cllr Lynn Worrall, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “We want local people to be the architects of local services, helping shape the whole experience in a way that meets their needs.”