Bewdley residents back library move plans

Kidderminster Shuttle: Decision making: Councillor John Campion. Decision making: Councillor John Campion.

BEWDLEY'S library should be relocated to the town's new medical centre, according to residents who took part in a consultation.

A total of 81 per cent of the 173 people who responded to a three-month long Worcestershire County Council survey agreed with the authority's proposal to move Bewdley Library from its current Load Street home to the town's new medical centre, which will be in Dog Lane.

Half of the respondents said they "strongly agreed" with the plans, 30 per cent "agreed" and 14 per cent disagreed. One person said: "Retention of a library in Bewdley is essential for the community. It makes sense to have a number of facilities together. Get the car parking right."

Conservative councillor John Campion, the council's Bewdley division member, said: "I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has taken their time to get in touch or fill in the consultation survey as it is extremely important in the decision making process and the future of our town's library service."

Councillors say the preferred option would see the library move into a new, purpose built facility and would provide improved and joined-up services with other organisations. The other two options were to relocate to Bewdley Museum or St George's Hall or remain at the existing location - but leaders said these would have been the most costly.

If planning permission and funding is granted for the new medical centre then the project, including the new library, could be completed by September 2015.

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1:41pm Tue 10 Dec 13

norman73 says...

as anyone said what will happen to fire station , old doctors surgery and old library. will it be built on or parking to replace the parking lost when they build the new building.

we should know this so we can make an informed decision.
as anyone said what will happen to fire station , old doctors surgery and old library. will it be built on or parking to replace the parking lost when they build the new building. we should know this so we can make an informed decision. norman73

1:50pm Tue 10 Dec 13

thekiddygirl says...

the 2 options, the museum or St Georges Hall were thrown out ages ago. The option to leave it where it is failed because the building is falling down due to the lack of maintenance. We are left with only one alternative, that is to incorporate it in the new medical centre. IF PLANNING PERMISSION IS GRANTED. Only 173 people responded to the consultation. What does that tell us? John Campion says local views were extremely important in the decision making process and the future of our towns library service. Excuse me Mr Campion it is not your town. Kidderminster is your town.
( unless you have moved ) and lets hope that your masters at county hall also agree that the residents wishes are taken into consideration when they decide to close the fire station.
the 2 options, the museum or St Georges Hall were thrown out ages ago. The option to leave it where it is failed because the building is falling down due to the lack of maintenance. We are left with only one alternative, that is to incorporate it in the new medical centre. IF PLANNING PERMISSION IS GRANTED. Only 173 people responded to the consultation. What does that tell us? John Campion says local views were extremely important in the decision making process and the future of our towns library service. Excuse me Mr Campion it is not your town. Kidderminster is your town. ( unless you have moved ) and lets hope that your masters at county hall also agree that the residents wishes are taken into consideration when they decide to close the fire station. thekiddygirl

9:10pm Tue 10 Dec 13

kjb1 says...

Just look what Mr Campion has done to Kidderminster's Library !!
Just look what Mr Campion has done to Kidderminster's Library !! kjb1

12:39pm Wed 11 Dec 13

thekiddygirl says...

yes norman73, I believe the plan is to demolish the existing medical centre and library after the new one is built and to leave the area as a car park to make up for what has been lost in Dog Lane. The fire station will stay where it is unless it is decided to close it. More on street parking will be allowed. However there may be more spaces available in the car parks for those who are not disabled because disabled car users will be parking on the road or doing their shopping in the super markets in Kidderminster.
yes norman73, I believe the plan is to demolish the existing medical centre and library after the new one is built and to leave the area as a car park to make up for what has been lost in Dog Lane. The fire station will stay where it is unless it is decided to close it. More on street parking will be allowed. However there may be more spaces available in the car parks for those who are not disabled because disabled car users will be parking on the road or doing their shopping in the super markets in Kidderminster. thekiddygirl

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