Bid launched to save library

PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 May 2018

Clevedon Library

Clevedon Library

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Clevedon Library could be saved from the threat of closure after plans to include it in an ambitious cultural quarter project were revealed.

There have been concerns over the future of the site, in Old Church Road, since North Somerset Council revealed plans to close library buildings in Clevedon, Nailsea and Long Ashton in an attempt to save about £140,000.

But the building could be thrown a lifeline if a Curzon cinema-led bid for Coastal Communities Fund cash is successful.

If the funding bid is approved, the council will sell the library, with the Coastal Communities Fund money being used to buy and adapt the building.

Once complete the facilities will include theatre space, a local history archive and training provision, as well as retaining the library service.

Curzon chief executive Susannah Shaw said: “As a member of Clevedon’s coastal community team, I am aware of how many exciting possible projects have been discussed and am thrilled this project got such wholehearted support from it and North Somerset Council.”

Ms Shaw added: “If we are fortunate enough to get the funding, the Curzon will work with other members of the team to realise this vision for Clevedon’s town centre.”

The Curzon is also hoping to develop the neighbouring Waverley House into a creative hub, with the £1.3million project reliant on West of England Combined Authority Local Growth Fund backing. It is believed the library project is more likely to come off, but it would not replace the Waverley House plan if it also progresses.

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Although the cultural quarter campaign is being spearheaded by the Curzon, Clevedon’s coastal community team including the likes of the pier, town council and Theatre Orchard, is also backing the bid.

North Somerset Council’s Felicity Baker described the proposed site as the ‘perfect setting’, adding: “We are fully behind this community initiative to create a cultural hub in Clevedon.

“Our library site forms the perfect setting for the hub, which would still provide a library for the community.”

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