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  • Writer's picturePaul Andrews

Ground Broken At Thurcroft's New Library

Building work has started on Thurcroft’s new, long-awaited library and neighbourhood hub after the first sod was cut earlier this week.

Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Councillor David Sheppard said the construction works are an ‘exciting step’ towards what will be a fantastic new facility for the residents of Thurcroft.

The library, which is currently located on the grounds of Thurcroft Junior Academy, will be relocated to a new building adjoining the Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall.

The new location will improve accessibility and provide more opportunities for people to benefit from the library and its services whilst also providing a new flexible space for activities and events.

The development is part of the Council’s Libraries Capital Improvement Programme, which has already funded improvements to all its libraries across the borough. A financial contribution to the works has also been made by Thurcroft Parish Council.

Councillor Sheppard added: “Libraries are so important to our communities and it’s vital they change and adapt to meet the needs of the residents. It’s great to see the site at Thurcroft being developed into what promises to be a wonderful new facility.”

Ahead of the works for the new library and neighbourhood hub beginning, engagement sessions were held with residents in Thurcroft, giving local people the opportunity to view proposed concepts for the building and to share their views.

Thurcroft Parish Council Clerk Tom Collingham said: “It was really important local people were given the chance to have their say on the plans. After all, this is a facility at the heart of the community, for families and community groups to come together in a safe, modern environment."

“There’s a real buzz about the new hub and there are many people, I included, who are very much looking forward to making use of the new space.”


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