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Draft Library Plans Available To View

Wednesday December 11 2013

PEOPLE can now view draft plans of what the proposed layout for the library will look like if it temporarily moves to Wellington House on Wellington Street.

The draft plans show how the temporary proposed site would be transformed to ensure library users are still provided with the same high quality services that are currently on offer at the Shambles Street site.

People are encouraged to share their views on the layout, which is available on the council's website and in the library, by December 31.

This is all part of the wider consultation on the proposed relocation of Barnsley Central Library.

A copy of the survey, which asks people for their views on their library usage, how accessible they find the building and invites their views on the proposed relocation can be completed online through the council’s website.

Alternatively, library users can pick up a paper copy at any of the borough's libraries.

Depending on the outcome of the views gathered as part of the current consultation, the proposed plan will see a temporary relocation to a refurbished Wellington House, and there would be a state-of-the-art new town centre library built in the next few years.

The proposal would see the Shambles Street site redeveloped through the construction of a new sixth form by Barnsley College.

There is also a timing issue to consider - if the college doesn’t move quickly on the Shambles Street site then the town centre is likely to lose out on millions of pounds of investment.

All comments gathered will help the council to further understand what people have to say about the implications the move will have on them.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said: "We welcome the sixth form college, it will improve the gateway to the town centre from that end of town and increase footfall for the shops and businesses in the vicinity.

"People should be assured a library will remain in the town centre of Barnsley and we want to to be the best it can possibly be.

"The proposal indicates the college would have the potential to bring £7.7million into the local economy."

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Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 12:11
Consultation, this is already a done deal, Sir Steve won't let a small thing like public opinion stop his plans.??

Reply Posted by denise on Thursday December 12 2013 at 10:07
I just wonder where these students are goin to park.......the town center streets are full of people parking there cars until 6 and 7 p.m at night without any respect or consideration for people who live in the town center...its about time everyone who lives in the town center area fought back.......they say they have no money...probably not because they waste it on water fountains and statues and messing about with a perfectly good library......

Reply Posted by Dave on Thursday December 12 2013 at 12:19
There's always the option of requesting a residents parking scheme from the council if enough people want it. That's what we did in Old Town - had the same problem with people parking for the hospital. At the end of the day if there are no parking restrictions in place why shouldn't people park there? Some people just want to whinge and do nothing about it.

Reply Posted by K on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 12:55
Already they are changing the timescales as previously sir Steve has said a new library would be built by 2015 if necessary ... Also why have the plans for a new college been brought forward
A new library is a waste of taxpayers money the existing one had over £1million spent on it and now they want to spend money refurbishing Wellington house for a temporary move but will not say at what cost to the taxpayers
Leave the library alone and stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes we can see through the lies being td to us by the so called honest leader of the council

Reply Posted by lie berry on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 12:56
here we go ,if we dont do it now we will lose millions, but the council are willing to lose money just moving the library for a short while (20 years) just build a new library now in the town centre and its done

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 16:59
Don't worry about the money wasted, it never bothers Sir Steve, it's only taxpayers cash.??

Reply Posted by Graham Nicholson on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 18:19
When Starting with Barnsley Market getting new library in Barnsley

Reply Posted by warrior on Thursday December 12 2013 at 10:33
We should start with learning people to read and write. Before spending on a new Library we don't need.

Education,Education, and more Education.

Reply Posted by James Brian Hellwig on Thursday December 12 2013 at 11:32
Teach people, people learn.
is this me 'learning you' Warrior?

Reply Posted by Adele on Friday December 13 2013 at 20:45
I think once again the council are focusing on the wrong thing. There isn't anything wrong with the current library and its location. Its the town centre and its shops that needs a new look. Its dated, run down and embarrassing. Give it a face lift!

Reply Posted by sue on Friday December 13 2013 at 21:01
Yes,it boils down to the library is working OK,it looks nice,but the shops look down trodden. It does seem a bit like putting a new sink in a crappy old kitchen. Its the shops that bring in the crowds and the revenue,the library is non profit making,so revamp the centre, and get the much needed money and investors into town. I would have thought its only common sense?

Reply Posted by Adele on Friday December 13 2013 at 21:24
Well put Sue. Couldn't have said it better myself .

Reply Posted by bobski on Saturday December 14 2013 at 13:06
Surveyors were out with theodolites on shambles street yesterday afternoon between the Library and john rideal house.
irrespective of whether the library is demolished LOL at yet another BMBC 'consultation'. Maybe the council in their bubble might actually think the public believe there's a chance of preventing yet another gross waste of public money.

Reply Posted by M on Sunday December 15 2013 at 19:54
I am sorry warrior, but I thought this was all about the improvement of the higher education system. It is my belief that we need a sixth form. 'A' level grades in core subjects will improve employment prospects and reduce the strain on an already stretched benefits system. This is an investment in the youth of Barnsley. The only people that will waste the money are those who choose to ignore the opportunity they have been given. I appreciate that a number of people love our library but to me it isn't the building that makes it special, it's those who use it in search of knowledge and imagination. You never know, one day some of the finest, best selling books could be written by someone who attended the sixth form. Would you be arguing its existence then?

Reply Posted by GRIM on Sunday December 15 2013 at 21:16
what M said.

Reply Posted by Galileo on Monday December 16 2013 at 13:54
There is only one reason the library is moving to Wellington House. The Council Cabinet minutes reveal that the owners - it is now in the hands of Receivers called FI REM - slapped a £1million+ Dilapidation claim against the tenants (Barnsley MBC). The report to Cabinet suggested that the Council would either have to come to agreement with landlord or go to court to challenge the claim. So in goes the library. Previously the Council planners had been working to fit it into the Civic which is where several Councillors have told me that they think it will eventually end up. The central library is moving because Houghton decided some time ago that the current building was too big and too expensive to run. Wherever the new library ends up, it will be "sustainable" = small and cheap.