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New Chapter for Glossop Library?
Monday 22nd February 2016 @ 14:10 by Becky Cahill
The last chapter may not have been written in the story of Glossop’s Victoria Hall Library.
SOUL (Save Our Unique Library) has announced that it has received a Big Lottery Grant of £10,000 which will enable it to carry out its feasibility study on the hall.
The cash will allow SOUL to consult with the public about their thoughts on the future of Victoria Hall and the library.
SOUL’s aim is to work with Derbyshire County Council to retain the library in the hall and, with High Peak Borough Council, ensure the future of the rest of the Hall.
The grant will also allow SOUL to produce a plan to have the building re-configured in order to maximise the usage of the hall in line with the original trust and covenant.
SOUL is a voluntary group and was formed with the intention of maintaining the library in the Victoria Hall.
The hall was built in 1888 and placed in trust for the people of Glossopdale under a covenant which stated that it had to contain a library and a public hall.
Derbyshire County Council has plans to build a new library in the grounds of the adult education centre. If they do move the library, it will leave the borough council as trustees, with an empty building to maintain.