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Facelift for Ellesmere library, as town’s finger posts return

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Ellesmere’s library is undergoing a much-needed facelift this month – and the town’s newly refurbished ‘finger post’ information signs are now back in place.

The library’s window frames and the outside of the building are being repainted, and masonry is being repaired.

Scaffolding was put up outside the building earlier this month, and the repairs and painting work are now well underway.

If all goes well, no major unforeseen repairs are required and the weather is kind the work should be completed by mid-July.

The work will cost an estimated £20,000 and has been made possible thanks to a £2000 grant from the Ellesmere Area Local Joint Committee (LJC).

The library will remain open as usual while work is carried out.

Meanwhile, Ellesmere’s ‘finger posts’ have now been refurbished, repainted and replaced, with ten new fingers added to direct people to the Ellesmere sculptures and Market Hall.

The work on the posts has been paid for using funding from Shropshire Council’s Market Towns Revitalisation Programme (MTRP).

Ann Hartley, Shropshire Councillor for Ellesmere Urban and Chair of the Ellesmere Area LJC, said:

“I’m delighted that Ellesmere library’s long-awaited and much-needed face lift is finally happening. The condition of the building is something that has been regularly raised at our Local Joint Committee meetings over the past two years – and £2000 of LJC money has been awarded to help make the work happen.

“This work will greatly enhance the appearance of the building and people really will notice the difference once work is completed.”

“I’m really pleased that the newly refurbished finger posts are now back in place, as they will help to direct people to Ellesmere’s many attractions, and will provide a real boost to visitors and to the town.”

For further details please contact Julie Ruler, community action officer on 01691 677301 or email julie.ruler@shropshire.gov.uk.