New venue confirmed for village library
PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 October 2019
Long Ashton's community centre has been chosen as the best place for a new library to replace the facility closed last year by North Somerset Council.
Long Ashton Parish Council, its library working group and a community association agreed on the temporary location this month.
The former library, in Lovelinch Gardens, was axed as part of a North Somerset Council cost-saving exercise.
Save Long Ashton Library has confirmed a new venue has been chosen at the village community centre.
Spokesman for the group, North Somerset councillor Stuart Mcquillan, said: "We looked at a variety of different venues, and picked the community centre, in Keedwell Hill, because of its proximity to the café.
"We assessed several different places based on location and value for money, and considered those at Keedwell Hall and an office above Long Ashton Co-op before making our decision.
"The Co-op's meeting room wasn't large enough a house a library, and Keedwell was very close to be being picked - but it came down to renovation work which needed to be done at Keedwell, due to the age of the hall.
"We are now looking to build a temporary structure at the centre as soon as we have agreed a budget for the project, which should stand in the village for at least five years."
Long Ashton has a mobile library service visiting the village community centre on Tuesdays from 2.30-4.30pm and every Friday from 9.30am-11.30am.
Stuart said: "The library group has been working quite intensely on this project since November, and we have been so impressed with the level of help from the community to make this happen.
"One resident has even come forward to help with planning regulation.
"We would be grateful for volunteers who have secretarial and administrative experience, taking on programming meetings and circulating agendas, to join the project."
Save Long Ashton Library held a meeting on October 8 to discuss a budget for the project.