Library transfer saga takes a turn

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LONG-RUNNING plans to relocate the community library in Broomhill are taking a different tack.

The council is committed to moving the library from Taptonville Road because of its rundown condition and poor access for disabled visitors.

So far proposals have focused on redeveloping the ground floor of flats earmarked for the former Fable charity headquarters in Ashgate Road. But the scheme has been hit by the recession and now council officers are talking to the owners of an alternative site, the Willis Building in Peel Street, opposite The Place pub.

David Hempshall, the council’s head of asset management, told a meeting of Broomhill Forum that the new premises would provide “almost exactly the same amount of space as that previously agreed for the Ashgate Road site”.

A possible deal includes a land swap with the old library and the council car park on Spooner Road to provide the same number of parking spaces behind the Willis Building but “aspects of the negotiation remained unresolved”.

Broomhill Forum members are to be shown around the Willis Building this month.

lThe community group “noted with disappointment” that repairs to Glossop Road next to King Edward VII Upper School have been delayed until at least January 16, causing continuing disruption to hospital and other services and a loss of trade for Broomhill retailers.