Slaithwaite Library is to permanently move to the village’s town hall next month, it has been revealed.

The current Britannia Road site will close at 12.30pm on March 22 for nine days while the move to the ground floor of the building takes place.

Kirklees Council said that both staff and stock levels will remain the same and that the decision was a cost effective measure taken due to the amount of money it would take to invest in its current base in Britannia Road.

Colne Valley Liberal Democrat councillor David Ridgway has backed the move to the Carr Lane building and said that he thought the current site, which attracts a lot of children, was badly situated considering the volume of street traffic.

This could be set to increase if the Aldi supermarket is opened.

An improved visitor information section with an increased number of guides is also set to be installed in the new town hall site once the move has been completed.

Floor space will not be reduced and the four computers currently available to residents will be transferred to the new site.

Meanwhile, the opening times for the library will remain the same.

The council said the move would also benefit local people by bringing a number of public services together under one roof.

Residents will not be able to access library services whilst the move takes place but will be able to take books out for longer periods beforehand.

 

Speaking about the move, resident Jo Collier, who lives in Bank Top and uses the library with her two children, said: “It seems to make sense and I think it is a good idea for the village.”

Meanwhile Clr Ridgway said: “I do support the library moving, not because of the current building not being fit for purpose, but I’m of the opinion that the current library, which attracts lots of children, was badly sited on a very busy road.

“I think it will be far better to be at the town hall where there are other facilities and a car park nearby too.”

Fellow councillor Nicola Turner said that she was in favour of the plans if it meant the library would stay open.

An open event next Thursday, March 6, will take place from 4pm to 7pm at the Britannia Road building where staff will be on hand to answer questions about the move.

For more information call 01484 226300 or email slaithwaite.lic@kirklees.gov.uk.

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