Consultation on the proposed relocation of Tyldesley Library

Wigan Library Service is providing you with an opportunity to view plans for the proposed new library site and provide feedback on what services you would like to see available.

Our library service supports The Deal for the Future, providing our residents with access to tools that grow knowledge and skills, build confidence, and raise both the aspirations of individuals and our communities. Libraries support our Corporate Strategies of:

Our People

  • Communities that care for each other
  • Happy, healthy people
  • Best start in life for children and young people.

Our Place

  • Embracing culture, sport and heritage.

Our Future

  • A well-connected place
  • Confidently digital.

Proposals

It is important to know we are not proposing to cease a library offer in Tyldesley.

There are three key parts to the proposals:

  1. Relocation of the library into the refurbished Tyldesley Town Hall with the rationale detailed in the section below
  2. Using buildings more effectively, making the best use of space and identifying opportunities to link up with key partners
  3. Increasing membership, participation and volunteer engagement in the library service.

Why we are we proposing to relocate the library?

Two of the council’s assets in Tyldesley Town Centre are prominent buildings that are no longer fit for purpose and currently do not meet the changing needs of the local community or the council’s vision for the town centre’s high streets. This is because the community require accessible buildings which can facilitate multi-use areas. In line with the accommodation strategy and our overall approach to our assets the council is looking to maximise the utilisation of its buildings. In this case the use of one building only, would ensure efficiencies are made, the correct building is invested in to make it fit for purpose for the community offering a bright, modern, friendly environment.

Tyldesley Library is a 2-storey high building. The building is in poor condition, and the future of this building has been in the balance for some time. The boilers have been condemned and are no longer working in the library. This area is now serviced by electric wall heaters as a temporary fix. The first floor is inaccessible and has suffered from wet and dry rot and has not been used for several years. The main entrance of the building is not compliant with the Equality Act 2010 and some members of the public are forced to enter the building at the rear via a ramp. In addition, the current welfare facilities are not Equality Act compliant.  

Tyldesley Town Centre has two prominent buildings, Tyldesley Town Hall and Tyldesley library, in close proximity to each other. Tyldesley Town Hall on the main high street, is situated on a bus route with a bus stop directly outside and has been identified as a suitable alternative venue in which to relocate the library to. This is due to several reasons, firstly it is fully accessible to all in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and is in a better overall condition in its current state and it also forms part of the Tyldesley High Street action zone plan, for which the Town Hall refurbishment has been used as match funding. The extensive repair and refurbishment work required to make the library building fit for purpose, would be extremely costly to rectify.

The proposal would see the Town Hall building becoming a bright, modern and inviting space for the local community to benefit from. The spaces would be flexible to maximise productivity of uses within the building.  Experience has been captured from the successful offer which is currently being delivered in Atherton Town Hall which serves as a multi-function hub.  It’s envisaged that Tyldesley Town Hall will have office accommodation on the 2nd floor for front line workers who are aligned to the Service Delivery Footprint, large community rooms, and any groups that currently deliver sessions from Tyldesley Library will be prioritised first to be accommodated in the Town Hall.  The ground floor space will be occupied by the adult library and a separate children’s library.  We will be retaining original features such as the stained-glass windows and decorative cornices in the main entrance, with the refurbishment providing a modern and bright environment making the hub an attractive and pleasant place to visit.

The works to the Town Hall will include roof works, energy saving initiatives such as a new efficient boiler and heating system, LED lighting, secondary glazing and an insulation upgrade.  A new internal lift will also be fitted in line with current regulations. The building is within a conservation area, which any works would comply with, retaining any historical decorative features. The new hub in Atherton Town Hall has been a great success and has seen an increase in the number of events and activities being delivered from the site which is fantastic for the community.

Current library services and usage

The table below details the use of Library during financial year 2019/20 up until the library was temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic on 12th March 2020. The library is well used by customers and the number of books issued ranks the library as third most used of the 13 community libraries in Wigan Borough. Use of the Public Access Network computers is good in comparison with other sites.

Library use 2019/2020
ServiceUsage
 Book loans  23,758
 Public Access Network (PAN) sessions  3,730
 PAN usage hours  2,174
 Event attendees (adults)  2,223
 Event attendees (children)  650

The events and activities delivered by volunteers and partners in the library include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Stories and Rhymes
  • Healthy Routes
  • Knitting
  • Creative Writers
  • Author talks.

425 volunteer hours were recorded for this period.

Opportunities    

The relocation of the library will provide the following opportunities:

  • Access to a fully re-furbished building with adults and children’s book stock, People’s Network computers, wi-fi, reception pod, toilet facilities, staff area and large community rooms
  • The opportunity for the library to work closer with the local community, families, children, and young people in the area going forward
  • Welcoming and accessible space for local Councillor surgeries to be held
  • Building on the existing events and activities programme and introducing new activities based on customer feedback
  • Removes the need to refurbish the current library - heating system, accessibility adaptations, new carpet, décor etc which requires significant refresh
  • The ability to promote the library to the wider community, highlighting the available facilities including newly installed Public Access Network computers, super-fast fibre broadband coming soon, self-service machines and a new building, fully DDA compliant.

Proposed plans

Have your say

Once you have read the consultation information have your say on the proposal for the relocation of Tyldesley Library.

The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

You can also return completed surveys to Customer.Duty@wigan.gov.uk or by post to the address below:

Wigan Library
Wigan Life Centre
The Wiend
Wigan
WN1 1NH

The closing date for comments is Sunday 31st July 2022.

Consultation sessions

Consultation sessions will also be held at Tyldesley Town Hall, Elliott Street, Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, M29 8EH on the following dates and times where you will be able to view plans, complete a survey and ask any questions about the proposals:

  • Tuesday 10th May 2022, 10am to 1pm
  • Thursday 26th May 2022, 5pm to 7pm
  • Thursday 9th June 2022, 1pm to 4pm
  • Saturday 9th July 2022, 10am to 1pm.

If you have any questions relating to this consultation, please email Customer.Duty@wigan.gov.uk

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