Bottesford in line for new £150k library at Cambridge House
A NEW library is set to be created in Bottesford.
The £150,000 project by North Lincolnshire Council will be located in a section of the Cambridge House building in the town.
The building, on Cambridge Avenue, is currently closed to the public but will be rejuvenated as part of the plans.
Bottesford Library is currently located in a shop unit on Cambridge Avenue, but will reopen in the new facility next summer.
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Councillor Jean Bromby, ward member for Bottesford, said the new library would be more attractive for readers.
She said: "At the moment, we have it in a shop unit and it is the most expensive small library in North Lincolnshire.
"At Cambridge House, it will be in the council's own property and we have got to think of the future.
"Barton and Brigg have both had new libraries in the last couple of years and I wanted Bottesford to be on that agenda.
"We wanted a modern library and I hope that is what we are going to get."
The library has been in its current location since 1980.
Cambridge House was formerly used to house looked-after children, but now has no residents.
Part of the building is used as a contact centre for young people who have left care and this will remain in place.
Mrs Bromby said the new base would allow a greater flexibility for the library.
She said: "It will be planned to be a library and designed to be a library, rather than a shop.
"It won't be far from where the library is now and it is very close to a bus stop, which is very important to me.
"We are looking towards the future and I am very keen for Bottesford to be on the council's agenda, as well as other towns."
The move has also been welcomed by Bottesford library users.
Barbara Branston, 82, of Saxon Court, said: "It is a very good idea.
"I will go and get my books from the new library.
"It is still local and it is still accessible to get to."
Sandra Oram, 70, of St Peter's Avenue, said: "It sounds good and it is not much further to walk.
"I have been coming here for years and I will hopefully keep going to the new one.
"I suppose it will appeal to a wider range of people."
Councillor Rob Waltham, cabinet member for people at the authority, said: "The space will be the same but it will be more bespoke.
"It becomes a new investment for the town.
"It is going to cost about £150,000 because we have to adapt some things in the building."