Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Yarm Library set to benefit from additional investment

Friday, October 03, 2014

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A proposal to invest an additional £150,000 in improvements to Yarm Library will be considered by councillors next week.

Last month, Stockton Council announced £60,000 plans for a new look branch with new furniture, fittings and layout as well as self-service kiosks and computers.

Now, the Council is proposing to invest a further £150,000 in improving disabled access to the library, as well as the branch's external appearance.

The proposal will be considered by members of Stockton Council's Cabinet when they meet on Thursday (October 9).

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "The library is in a prominent location on Yarm's magnificent High Street and a wish for its appearance to be improved in keeping with its attractive setting came through loud and clear during consultation on the library service review.

"We have listened and the additional investment we are proposing would enable us to respond to what local people have asked for while also providing improved disabled access to the branch."

Stockton Council Leader, Councillor Bob Cook, added: "This would complement the recently completed investments in the new paving and lighting around Yarm Town Hall and war memorial as well as the new street lighting and pedestrian crossing upgrades in the High Street."

In April 2013 Stockton Council announced plans to refurbish and relocate libraries across the Borough following public consultation. Work is nearing completion on the refurbishment of Norton Library and construction is well under way on a new Library and Customer Service Centre in Billingham. Earlier this year Thornaby (Westbury Street) and Roseworth Library successfully moved into new homes at nearby Children's Centres. 

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