- Created on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 17:09
Unedited press release from Derbyshire County Council
Glossop could get a brand new library, if Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet agree a report at a meeting on 24 November.Councillors are to be asked to choose from two options for a new home for the library, either an extension to the existing adult education building on Talbot Street, or a new library building in the adult education car park.
Councillors will also be asked for their approval to move the library from Victoria Hall, and for the building to be handed back to owners High Peak Borough Council.
A recent survey has shown that Victoria Hall has major structural problems. The cost of fixing the structural issues and then refurbishing the library could cost £2.9m.
The structural work that Victoria Hall requires includes a new roof covering and work to the roof structure, structural repairs to the external walls, timber repairs throughout the building and a new heating system and substantial rewiring.
Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Dave Allen, said: “Once we’ve decided which of the two options we are going to pursue, the future of Glossop library is secured for the future.
“Victoria Hall is a wonderful building, but it has so many issues that need fixing. We cannot spend nearly £3m on a building that doesn’t belong to us.
“We’ve set aside the money for a new library so that Glossop has a library that is fit for the 21st century. I look forward to discussing this issue at our Cabinet meeting and deciding which of the two options we are going to pursue.”
The first option being considered by Cabinet is to build a two storey extension attached to the existing adult education building. The new library would be located partly in the existing building, using the space currently being used as a crèche and art room. The crèche and art room would have to be located elsewhere.
The existing entrance, reception and lift would be used by both the library and the adult education service. The estimated cost for this option is £2.025m.
The second option under consideration is to build a stand- alone library block on part of the adult education centre car park, fronting onto Talbot Street. This would mean that some car parking spaces would be lost. The estimated cost for this option is £2m.