Investment proposal for Town Hall could bring new library facilities to Ossett

20/09/2017, PR8654

Ossett Town Hall
Ossett Town Hall

Wakefield Council is considering plans to install a lift in Ossett Town Hall, which could enable the town’s library to permanently relocate.

If the lift proposal was to go-ahead, a new larger library space in the Town Hall could be created and would undergo a full refurbishment giving the library modern facilities and a more usable and flexible space, which would be accessible for everyone.

Ossett’s library service has been temporarily homed in the Town Hall since September 2016, when asbestos was found in the library building on Station Road at the start of planned refurbishment work.

This work was put on hold until a full evaluation of the asbestos and building was carried out.

Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “If this goes ahead we will have an exciting opportunity to create a great new library service for Ossett, and improve access to facilities at the Town Hall.

“The state of the old library building means that it is no longer fit for purpose and the cost of bringing the building up to the necessary standard means we have to consider other options.

“By permanently moving the service into the Town Hall, installing a lift and refurbishing the space, it could give residents a fantastic modern library service, as well as helping to revitalise and sustain one of Ossett’s most prestigious and landmark buildings.”

If the library service does relocate the Council would need to consider the appropriate disposal of the Station Road building to ensure it enhances Ossett’s town centre.

The proposal is still being put together and a feasibility study is being carried out. A report is expected to go to Wakefield Council’s Cabinet for consideration by the end of the year.

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