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