Library to be scaled down ahead of Town Hall move

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 August 2012

Weston Library - the end is nigh.

Weston Library - the end is nigh.


LIBRARY operations at Weston’s historic Boulevard building will be scaled down from tomorrow (Friday) in readiness for the service’s relocation.

North Somerset Council is withdrawing from the 112-year-old building, purpose built to a blueprint drawn up by renowned architect Hans Price.

Instead, the library service will be moved to the Town Hall, which is currently being remodelled in a £9.7million improvement drive.

From tomorrow, the Boulevard offering will be reduced to a ‘mini library’ ahead of its eventual closure on August 24.

Staff, stock and equipment will then be transferred to their new base, which will open to the public on October 1.

The council’s executive member with responsibility for libraries, Felicity Baker, said: “I’m delighted with the new library, and sure it will open to universal acclaim.

“Our office amalgamation programme has allowed us to provide a brand new facility in Weston, just as our financial prudence made it possible to open the new Portishead library.”

Items borrowed from the old library now can be kept until the new library opens in October.

In the meantime, items can still be reserved and collected through other libraries, and a small number of computers will be available for public use at the Carlton Centre in Carlton Street during limited hours on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

However, the future of the soon-to-be-empty Boulevard building remains uncertain.

A doomed public protest was launched last year in an effort to reverse the relocation plans, but an appeal by councillor and historian John Crockford-Hawley successfully saw the library granted listed status by English Heritage in December.

This effectively offered indefinite protection against demolition, but the building is currently being offered for sale ‘at the earliest opportunity’ by the council.

Yet despite Weston Town Council calling for the building to be retained for community use, no such stipulation has been included in North Somerset’s sale brief.

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