£500k investment could ‘lift’ great new library service into Ossett Town Hall

16/01/2018, PR8729

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 go-head.

Ossett Town Hall
Ossett Town Hall

Plans include, 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.

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: “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

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