Councillors want library kept for community use

PUBLISHED: 11:09 20 June 2012 | UPDATED: 11:09 20 June 2012

The library is now a Grade Two listed building

The library is now a Grade Two listed building

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WESTON town councillors say they are determined to keep the town’s library in use as a community building.

With the library service set to relocate from the historic building in the Boulevard to the town hall later this year, members of Weston Town Council are adamant the building should remain as a community building rather than being sold off for private development.

The facility – designed by architect Hans Price and opened in 1900 – is now a Grade Two listed building thanks to the efforts of campaigners last year.

Councillors at the town council’s policy and finance committee on Monday agreed that it was an important part of the town’s heritage and should be retained for community use.

Weston central ward councillors last year expressed their interest in turning the building into a For All Healthy Living Centre-style facility.

Councillor John Crockford-Hawley said: “I certainly don’t think the town council should express an interest in taking on the building without more thought about the financial ramifications.

“But I do think the council should express its desire to see it remain in community use and not give North Somerset Council carte blanche to simply sell the building for development.”

Councillors agreed to write to North Somerset expressing the authority’s wish for the facility to remain in community use.

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