Have your say on future of Droylsden Library

Residents are being encouraged to take part in a consultation on plans to relocate Droylsden Library.

Tameside Council is proposing to move the town's library from its current Manchester Road base to the adjacent Guardsman Tony Downes House, which houses the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, which would be made possible by time limited government grant funding. 

The authority say the existing 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". 

It adds that the rising costs of repairs and the "desire to progress with the regeneration of Droylsden town centre" means a solution for the library's future is now needed. 

The council say filling out the consultation will "help in designing the new library so it meeds your needs as far as possible" - whether that’s computer use and printing facilities, better community spaces, a more accessible layout or something else.

People can have their say by visiting https://www.tameside.gov.uk/tbc/droylsdenlibrary

Responses must be received by Wednesday 17 March. 

Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Leanne Feeley, who is responsible for libraries, said: “I know how much people value libraries and this could be an exciting chapter for Droysden Library – giving it an opportunity to move into a modern, accessible and sustainable location still in the heart of the town centre.

"We’re keen to hear people’s views on the proposals and what their priorities would be for the facilities on offer, so we can build on previous feedback to ensure that the design of any new library has residents’ priorities in mind. So please do take part in the survey and let us know what you think.”

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