Refurbished library and children's centre ready for grand opening

PUBLISHED: 11:55 23 August 2017

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A major overhaul of Yatton Library will be completed in the coming days ahead of its reopening next week.

The High Street facility has been closed since the end of April to enable North Somerset Council to transform the services it provides.

The children’s centre, which was previously based at the infant school around the corner, has been moved into the library.

The overhaul is one part of North Somerset Council’s community access review, which will enable the authority to make long-term financial savings.

But, to ensure services remain protected, the council has invested more than £800,000 to transform libraries such as Yatton.

A council spokesman said the changes to Yatton’s library include ‘infilling the mezzanine floor, making the upper floor more accessible with new office and meeting spaces, making improvements to the lift and creating new outdoor and indoor play space for children’s activities’.

The remodelled library is due to open on Tuesday at 9.30am.

The office of Yatton Parish Council will return to the library too, however not until next month. In the meantime, it can still be found at Hangstones Pavilion.

The council spokesman added: “The children’s centre opening hours will be 9am-3.30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“The library will be open from 9.30am-5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (10am on the first Tuesday of the month) and 9.30am-1pm Saturday.

“The library’s opening hours will be extended later this year when a self-service swipe card system is introduced giving users greater access in the evenings and at weekends.

“While building work has been taking place the mobile library has been stopping at Hangstones Pavilion in Stowey Road, every Thursday morning. The last stop will be tomorrow from 9.30am-11am.”

Meanwhile, Pill Library, which has undergone a similar change, reopened yesterday (Tuesday).

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