Planned improvements to Ross-on-Wye Library will accommodate the relocation of children’s centre services
Ross-on-Wye Library and the Old Chapel are to receive major investment following plans to relocate the town’s children’s centre services from the Ryefield Centre.
The investment aims to make the most of the library as a key local centre. The building is home to Jobcentre Plus and the library hosts many events and activities with free to use wifi and public access PCs.
A maximum investment of £272k has been agreed which includes creating more space in the desk and counter area, facilities for health visitor and midwife sessions, an additional meeting room and kitchen to support events and activities, and extra storage. There will also be repairs to the external wall which will allow the creation of an outdoor play area for children using the library for children’s centre activities.
Herefordshire Council plans to take on the lease and improve facilities at next door’s Old Chapel, which will be used to house a multi-agency office and provide additional children’s centre activities. A decision was taken to use the Old Chapel following public consultation feedback that there may not be adequate space at the library to house children’s centre services.
Councillor Harry Bramer, Cabinet Member for Contracts and Assets, said:
“The investment in Ross Library shows how we can make the most of the facilities we have in our local towns to help them be sustainable in the long term. By bringing the two services together we can provide a wider use of the library for different types of activities and services and make the under-used space at the Ryefield Centre available for future redevelopment.”
All improvement plans will be available to view at Ross-on-Wye Library, and work is due to begin in March 2018 with minimal disruption to library users.