Library to be marketed

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 October 2011

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WESTON'S library building is set to be marketed in the spring - and North Somerset Council says it wants a say in what 
happens to the historic Boulevard facility.

The building, designed by famous town architect Hans Price and opened in 1900, is set to be sold for an as-yet-undecided amount.

Fears were expressed that it could be demolished when North Somerset Council withdraws the library service and moves it to a new base at Weston Town Hall by the end of 2012.

But in the meantime it has been inspected by experts from English Heritage, which is considering granting it listed status.

The council also says it is soon to prepare a planning brief, outlining what would be suitable for the area, according to the authority’s planning policy.

That means that when it is sold and if the new owner applies for permission to change the building, there will be strict guidelines those who make the decision must follow.

The council also says it cannot put a price tag on the building until it finds out more about the bid for listed status.

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton said: “Whatever it is sold for will also be subject to the planning brief.

“We will be providing a facility that is a big improvement on the current one. Some people will be concerned about the change in location, but they will have a better environment, which is more in tune with demands.”

English Heritage is set to formalise its recommendation to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which will make the final decision on listing the library.

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