Plans to bring ‘new lease of life’ to library

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 July 2015

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EXTRA car parking and plans for an upgraded BMX track at The Campus in Locking Castle could be on the horizon if a planning application is approved.

Work to improve facilities inside the building has already begun but now more plans have come to light for the venue’s exterior.

Some of the library’s services will be limited from today (Thursday) while a refurbishment to give the centre a ‘new lease of life’ gets underway, including increasing the size of its children’s section and building a new café.

The council has also drawn up plans to make changes to the outside of the building.

It hopes to extend its car park and make improvements to its BMX area, with potential for new ramps and cycling equipment.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats for North Somerset, Mike Bell, described it as a ‘win-win’ for Weston.

He said: “This is really good news as parking at The Campus is always at a premium, especially during term time.

“Users of the facilities, and neighbours, will be delighted to see more parking provision and it’s great news that the council is going to refurbish the BMX track at the same time, it’s really a win-win.”

The car park and BMX plans still need to be confirmed but the work to the inside will run until September 7.

Most of the work will be completed overnight and a children’s library will still be available in the Campus’ ground floor meeting room and a small selection of fiction, including large print and talking books, will be in the foyer.

There will also be four computers available for people to use throughout the refurbishment, but there will be a small period in August where they will be out of action, but customers will be given advanced notice.

The council’s executive member for libraries, Felicity Baker, said: “The Campus has proved very popular since it opened in 2004 and these improvements will give it a new lease of life.

“Campus staff will be available throughout the refurbishment period to help library customers and we hope there will be as little inconvenience as possible.”

The scheme has cost a total of £270,000, which has come largely from developer contributions from nearby housing projects. Plans for the BMX track and car park can be viewed on the council’s planning portal via www.n-somerset.gov.uk

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