09/10/2018 - Permalink

Have your say on a proposal to move Pontesbury Library into a new community hub building

Related topics: Leisure, culture and heritage

Planning permission was recently granted for a development of land at Hall Bank in Pontesbury. The scheme includes a Community Hub building which would provide a multi-purpose space for a range of activities and uses, and provide a focal point for the community.

Following the granting of this planning permission Shropshire Council is now putting forward a proposal to relocate Pontesbury Library from its existing location in Bogey Lane into the Community Hub building when it is completed in 2019.

Pontesbury Library

Pontesbury Library

Michael Lewis, library service manager, said:

“Like all our libraries Pontesbury Library enables access to an amazing array of services, but the building itself is quite tired and limits what can be done in the space. Locating the library in the Community Hub would create exciting opportunities for developing what the library does and would also make the service more sustainable in the longer term.”

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“The library in Pontesbury is particularly well supported by the community and I saw this for myself earlier in the year at the unveiling of ‘The Reader’, a sculpture commissioned by the Friends of Pontesbury Library. I urge everyone to look at this proposal and let us know your views. Rest assured that if the library does move, ‘The Reader’ will move with it!”

Sculpture at Pontesbury Library - plus people behind it

Left to right; Bill Sample, sculptor; Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and leisure; Councillor Nick Hignett.

For further details about this proposal and to take part in the survey go to http://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/relocation-of-pontesbury-library-to-a-new-community-hub/. Paper copies of the survey are also available from Pontesbury Library. The survey closing date is 20 November 2018.