Glossop residents invited to view new library plans
Thursday 5th May 2016 @ 13:08 by Adam Higgins

Residents from around Glossopdale are being invited to view plans for a new £2 million Glossop Library in the coming days.

Councillors approved plans for an extension to the existing adult education building in Talbot Street to create the new facility at a meeting in November 2015.

The plans also involve moving the existing library out of Victoria Hall and for the building to be handed back to its owners High Peak Borough Council.

Councillor Dave Allen, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities from Derbyshire County Council, said: “The future of Glossop Library is now secured for local residents and visitors and we’re pleased to be able to unveil plans for the new building.

“Victoria Hall is a wonderful building but has many structural issues that need repairing. We cannot justify spending nearly £3m on a building that doesn’t belong to us.

“We’ve ensured Glossop has a library fit for the 21st century and have set up a series of information events so residents can come along to take a look at the designs and chat to staff.”

Residents can see the plans and architects’ drawings from Thursday 5 May 2016 and over the following week as follows:

Glossop Library, Victoria Hall, Talbot Street, Glossop:

  • Thursday 5 May 2016 between 1pm and 3pm
  • Saturday 7 May 2016 between 10am and noon
  • Monday 9 May 2016 between 3.30pm and 6pm
  • Wednesday 11 May 2016 between 10am and noon

Glossop Adult Community Education Centre, Talbot Street, Glossop:

  • Thursday 5 May 2016 between 5pm and 7pm
  • Monday 9 May 2016 between 1pm and 3pm

The new library will be a two-storey extension attached to and located partly within the existing adult education building. The existing entrance and reception will be used by the library and the adult education service.

A recent survey showed Victoria Hall had major structural problems which would cost almost £3m to repair including the refurbishment of the existing library.

Derbyshire County Council are also currently preparing a planning application for the new library and hope work could start on the new building in spring 2017.