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New Library Could Be Built In Town Centre

Monday November 25 2013

A NEW library could be built in the heart of the town centre by the end of 2015.

Barnsley Council are due to make an announcement on it and the town's long-stalled regeneration in January.

The redevelopment is expected to be given the green light, although it's not yet known what form it will take.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said they have four potential sites in mind for a new library, but no decision will be made until the outcome of a consultation process on the existing one.

An outline of the whole town centre scheme and timescales will be made by next summer, he added.

Work on a new library would still mean the service moving temporarily into Wellington House, but that is only expected to be for a short period while any new building is completed.

Steve said it was important to await the outcome of the consultation but was optimistic Barnsley would soon have a new building better suited to the 21st century.

"We need to give consideration to what people have to say about the implications of moving the library," he added.

"Depending on the outcome of the consultation, the move to Wellington Street would be temporary, and there would be a state of the art new town centre library building built.

"This is an exciting time for Barnsley. We can create 21st century facilities to ensure our young people are best placed for future prosperity and employment.

"It's important to invest and to continue to believe in the success of our town and of our young people.

"We need local people to believe in this development, to believe in our town's ability to create, succeed and attract investment."

There has been an outcry over plans to demolish the current building to make way for a new sixth form for Barnsley College.

But Cllr Houghton said the town urgently needs a new sixth form college building that will match the quality young people now experience in the new schools.

He said if progress isn't made quickly for the new sixth form college, the town centre is likely to lose out on millions of pounds of investment.

What do you think to this? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by ray on Monday November 25 2013 at 11:39
I want the new sixthform, but if Barnsley Council say "could be" then it pretty much means "will definitely not be" No one takes anything BMBC takes seriously being that they never manage and projects to hit delivery date, plus the "could" will be in the loosest possible sense. We've been promised a new market for over 15 years. I think they they were saying work "could" begin in weeks on this back in 2012, 2011, 2010, etc, etc etc.....

Reply Posted by LOL on Thursday November 28 2013 at 09:01

Reply Posted by Louise on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:58
The current library isn't the prettiest building in the world. It isn't really fit for purpose with limited disable access and limited space to access excellent it facilities. Plus it is up hull from bus station. If a better library can be provided closer to town centre / bus station. Wellington house is ideal opposite credit union. To help people access information online to get work. Plus the better sixth form facilities are the better chances for young people. After listening to everyone's views. If supported by the majority this could be excellent for Barnsley.

Reply Posted by Ray on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 08:31
I went to the consultation and it was disgraceful, grown adults shouting and screaming at one point a young lad trying to make a point as to why he would like the college was shouted down by supposedly educated people

Reply Posted by Wendy on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 06:56
Why shut the old library? waste of danm money AGAIN!!!

Reply Posted by Dave on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 12:13

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 12:17
Wendy - Why shut the old Library? Because it costs money to be running both the library and Wellington House, so by selling the land that the library stands on to the College, the Council will gain income and save on the cost of the running a building that is way too big for it's purpose and I would imagine is expensive to maintain. So on the face of it, the Council are saving money - isn't that a good thing???

Reply Posted by Ray on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 16:17
How long do these people expect the current library to last anyway? it's about the most ineffecient building in barnsley. Thin prefab walls flat roof, no insulation, if it gets kept then what is the life span of the building?

Reply Posted by Mystery on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 18:34
Wellington House is rented and has been stood empty for 2 months now

Reply Posted by Kate on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 16:33
So why will he not tell the people of Barnsley the proposed sites and notice the words 'could be' not 'will be'
The land as I understand isn't being sold to the college
Also the current library was purpose built and has excellent facilities and is not too big
Disabled people are able to access it as one of the main campaigners doing an excellent job manages it !! Pushchairs don't have an issue with the access either
Barnsley people are being bribed into accepting this lets not let the council leader give us empty half promises yet again there are NO firm plans to build a new library and I will reiterate tell us the proposed sites

Reply Posted by Ray on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 16:39
Kate if a site was set in stone do you think those wanting to keep the library would be open to that?

Reply Posted by Kate on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 16:34
Oh and also wouldn't have to pay to run Wellington house as the council do not own it

Reply Posted by Kate on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 17:03
Come to the consultations that the group demanded and that the council didn't want and ask them build the new library first so it isn't an empty promise
I can't speak on behalf of anyone or make empty promises unlike the leader of the council

Reply Posted by Ray on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 10:35
I have been to one of the consultations people just used it as an opportunity to shout down anyone that tried to speak it was embarrassing to be in the audience and see grown adults behave the way they did.. The impression that I got was that the library should not be moved, altered, or anything. I was aghast at some of the thing coming out of peoples mouths. I want to see progress in my town. Some of you are just opposed to anything and I have a suspicion this is not just about the library, I think it could have been anything.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 17:09
Dint hold your breath, we have been waiting for a new town centre for how long now?.......

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