Plans to reopen Tyldesley Library take a step forward

Plans to reopen Tyldesley Library take a step forward

A new chapter in the history of a Wigan Borough library will start with a £1.5m refurbishment project.

Plans to re-open Tyldesley Library on Stanley Street have been unveiled by Wigan Council following a public consultation earlier this year.

It means services that are currently being offered at the nearby town hall building will return to the library location.

Councillor Nazia Rehman, cabinet portfolio holder for resources, said: “We know how important our libraries are to our residents and their crucial role within our communities.

“We certainly welcome this plan to restore services to the library building, a move that reflects the feedback we received from residents and Friends of Tyldesley Library.”

Tyldesley Library did not reopen following the Covid-19 lockdown last year due to essential repairs being required.

In the meantime, library facilities have been provided at the town hall.

A consultation that included the option of permanently relocating library facilities to the town hall concluded in July.

With the results from the consultation contributing to the decision – along with other financial and maintenance considerations - a funding package of £1.5m first earmarked for refurbishment of the town hall will now be transferred to the library building.

The cash injection will help to provide essential repairs to the Stanley Street location so that it can reopen to the public, supporting the town’s Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project.

Options for the Tyldesley Town Hall building on Elliot Street will be discussed by the council’s cabinet later this year.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet portfolio holder for communities, said: “Our priority throughout this process has been to ensure that library facilities have remained available to residents in Tyldesley.

“We believe this long-term plan for the library will be well received and we look forward to seeing the plans progress in the coming months.”

Once reopened, the library will provide facilities for events and activities serving the community, reflecting feedback from the consultation, in addition to the provision of books and computers.

Community groups and individuals who expressed an interest in playing a part or volunteering will be contacted by council teams.

Since August, the borough’s community and central libraries have offered extended opening hours for residents to visit and enjoy and these will continue into the winter months.

Find out more and view the results of the consultation.

Posted on Friday 23rd September 2022

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