£500k investment could ‘lift’ great new library service into Ossett Town Hall
A £500k investment in
Ossett Town Hall will enable the town’s library to permanently relocate and
undergo a major refurbishment – if senior councillors give the proposal the
building a new lift which will give full access to the first floor and
installing an accessible toilet. The investment will also provide a full
refurbishment of the first floor of the Town Hall to create a modern, more
usable and flexible library space as well as enabling some essential external
repairs to the building.
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. The cost of bringing this building
up to the necessary standard meant that the Council had to consider other
options for the town’s library service.
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: “This is a great opportunity to create an improved library service for the people of Ossett as well as breathing new life into one of the town’s most prestigious landmarks.
“After talking to library users we know that access has been an issue which is why we want to invest in a new lift. This will open the library service and first floor space up to everyone, making the Town Hall more accessible for all.
“Investing in the Town Hall will help revitalise and sustain this historic building as well as giving residents a fantastic new library service.”
If councillors approve the recommendation the Council would seek to dispose of the Station Road building, ensuring that any sale enhances Ossett’s town centre.
The report is being discussed by Wakefield Council’s Cabinet on 23 January, starting at 10.30am. The meeting is live-streamed at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream