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Victoria Hall scaffolding to be removed after six months
Tuesday 10th November 2015 @ 12:38 by Becky Cahill

The scaffolding will finally be coming off Victoria Hall after six costly months. But what is the future of the Glossop building?

Last week we reported Labour county councillors saying it looked like a new library and learning centre would be installed at nearby Glossop Adult Centre.

This week husband and wife Tory borough councillors George and Jean Wharmby give their views.

They said: “Let’s begin in 2012 when our intentions were to help provide the residents of Glossopdale with a ‘library fit for the 21st century’, a slogan that the Labour councillors have recently adopted from us.

“Knowing the funding previously allocated for the library could have been used anywhere in the county, we successfully lobbied the cabinet to ensure the money for Glossop library services was ring-fenced.

“A cost analysis for keeping the library in Victoria Hall was undertaken and due to the condition and ongoing maintenance needs of the building, it was found to be too costly to invest in a library in the present location.

“The logical conclusion was to provide a new building to house the library.

“Alongside this, some help was offered to HPBC to help meet some of the renovation costs of Victoria Hall in the hope of making it a more viable proposition for a body such as a trust to utilise it and further consolidate it.

“During the election in 2013, Damien Greenhalgh and Ellie Wilcox made it a political bandwagon and promised the electorate to save Victoria Hall.

“Simple research would have re- vealed the conclusion about Victoria Hall Library.

“Let us remind you that the information was available for all public and current DCC councillors.

“Frustratingly, these unseemly false promises made during the 2013 County Council Elections by the Labour councillors and candidates has meant Glossop has been denied a new modern and up-to-date library.
“Work should have started long ago.

“It seems a shame that only now the Labour councillors are worried about the future.”

By David Jones