September 25th, 2016

Library link up to cut running costs

Updated: 9:40 am, May 07, 2015

A CITIZEN’S Advice Bureau and children’s services could be run from the town’s library.

Under new plans by Worcestershire County Council the building could be transformed to include both on the second floor.

It means children’s services, which provides education and social care, will have offices at the Market Place site as well as a family contact suite, while Citizens Advice will also run from the building.

The move is expected to reduce running costs and save up to £55,000 per a year.

There are currently no proposals to reduce the number of books, computers or adult learning and children’s activities.

Meeting rooms on the first floor would be adapted to provide a separate entrance and exit for each room, while two extra rooms would also be made available for community hire.

But individual study rooms would be removed and replaced with open study space on the first floor, while the number of public toilets would go from five to three.

The library could also close during the redevelopment works and some areas may be shut off.

But a spokesman from the county council said they will work closely with builders to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum and people are kept up to date with the changes.

Lucy Hodgson, who is responsible for Localism and Communities on Worcestershire County Council, said: “Redditch Library will continue to offer the full range of books, adult learning courses, information and a wide range of adult and children’s activities.

“Our aim is to ensure the library can work with others to improve services for residents and keep the library vibrant and sustainable for the long term.”

Plans have been on display in the library and residents can visit www.wwww.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/library-services.aspx

for more information, or to share their views.

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