Bright new future for Beaconsfield Library
PUBLISHED: 12:20 14 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:51 20 February 2013
Refurbishment plans will be complete before Christmas
Refurbishmentplanned for Beaconsfield Library will be finished in time for Christmas. And it will include a new frontage, new toilets, new furniture and carpets, and new staff facilities.
Work starts on Monday (September 17) todemolish the front of the library to create a central glass entrance and easier wheelchair ramp. Along with internal alterations and regular maintenance, thework is expected to be completed in three months.
While improvements are being made, services will be run from a mobile library next to Beaconsfield Town Hall, with access from Waitrose car park, thanks to an offer from the Town Council.
Buckinghamshire County Council Project Manager Judith Curry said: 'These improvements will bring a very modern and open feel to Beaconsfield Library and the new layout willmake things much easier for residents.'
Judith described the refurbishment as 'challenging' owing to space limitations and access. 'It's important that we maintain library services for residents, but we had no where to put a mobile library until the Town Council came forward with the offer of their car park, and we're immensely grateful to them.'
Residentswill be able to get tothe mobile library through the public car park next to Waitrose supermarket.
Martin Phillips, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said: 'We want to provide the most up-to-date resources for those who use Beaconsfield Library and that's just what these improvements set out to do. This is a great example of councils working together for the benefit of our residents. I hope our residentswill bear with us while we make these improvements - short term pain for long term gain!'
The 150,000 refurbishment and maintenance project is being paid for fromcapital funds.