29 February 2016

Plans have been announced for a new library in Moulton as part of a proposed community hub in the village.

Cabinet members will next week (Tuesday) be asked to approve a contribution of £400,000 towards the new library. This would replace the current library in High Street, where the lease expires this summer, and is small and in poor condition.

Community building

The new library would form part of a community building proposed by Moulton Parish Council to serve the village’s growing population.

County council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing Cllr Robin Brown said: “The library in Moulton is very well used and supported by the local community, but it is out-dated, in need of modernisation and no longer fit for purpose.

“The new library we are proposing as part of the new community building will be twice as large as the current library, modern and well equipped to meet demand from the proposed housing developments in Moulton.

“We want local libraries to be the hub of their community, offering services ranging from jobseeker support to children’s play sessions. The new library, which will boast a flexible layout and modern facilities, will ensure residents can continue to rely on their library for these wide-ranging services.”

Lease extended

The lease on the existing library’s building is due to expire in June and the site has recently been sold for redevelopment, but there is a provisional agreement that the lease can be extended until the new library is completed.

The cost of the new library is expected to be largely funded through developer contributions.

The proposed community hub will also feature two halls for hire, a playgroup, café, youth room, parish office and further office space.

Last April Northamptonshire County Council opened a new library in Towcester as part of the community hub at The Forum, which is also home to South Northamptonshire Council’s new headquarters.

The Cabinet meeting will take place next Tuesday at 2pm at County Hall.