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Droylsden Library

 
Tameside Council is facing significant financial challenges, which have increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The existing Droylsden Library building, constructed in 1937, is deteriorating and the “T” shape configuration over three floors does not lend itself to the requirements of a modern library environment.  The rising costs of repairs, combined with the desire to progress with the regeneration of Droylsden Town Centre, means that a solution for the future of the library is now needed.
 
In 2015 Tameside Council engaged with residents and library users on the potential relocation of Droylsden Library from its current building to the adjacent Guardsman Tony Downes House, which houses the Greater Manchester Pension Fund. 
 
A summary of some of the survey responses are below:
 
  • Over 90% of the respondents said the proposals would be an exciting opportunity for the local area.
  • Over 90% were supportive of plans to develop the new library whilst keeping the existing library open until the new library is completed.
  • Over 90% thought provision of public toilets in the library was a good idea.
  • Over 95% thought that a good layout is required to ensure accessibility for wheelchair users and prams, this is at the heart of our plans.
  • Over 80% thought that having access to a community room is a good idea and over 80% welcomed the flexible use of space to allow for activities and events.
 
Unfortunately, Tameside Council has not had sufficient funding to deliver an exciting new library for Droylsden until now when it has been successful in accessing time limited grant funding, which will enable the Council to relocate Droylsden Library to Guardsman Tony Downes House.
 
You can access a copy of the report detailing this proposal here
 
We would like your views on the proposal to relocate Droylsden Library to Guardsman Tony Downes House, so we can build on the previous feedback to ensure in designing the new library it meets your needs so far as possible.
 
The survey will be open from Thursday 18 February until Wednesday 17 March 2021.
 
You can access the survey by clicking here.


 
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