Village café to replace vacant library building

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 March 2019

Long Ashton Library	Picture: Zak Ghent

Long Ashton Library Picture: Zak Ghent


A former village library is set to be replaced with a café after plans were approved by North Somerset Council last month.

The building, in Long Ashton’s Lovelinch Gardens, will become home to The Old Library coffee house – which is set to open at the beginning of May.

Consultancy firm Rackham Planning submitted an application to convert the former library to North Somerset on behalf of villagers Jamie McAllister and Cologero Bavetta in December.

People submitted 216 comments about the application to the council, and 185 were in support of the café – with some saying it is a ‘brilliant idea’ and the community is ‘really going to benefit’.

It is set to open from 7.30am-9.30pm, creating eight jobs.

The firm has also said it will be providing a book shelf for people to be able to swap and borrow reading material at the café.

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