Council community office set to stay in Colburn Library

The library at the Broadway in Colburn.

The district council community office in Colburn is set to remain at the town’s library.

Richmondshire District Council was proposing to move the facility to space in nearby Oak Tree Court Sheltered

However, the plan was unpopular with local residents and community leaders who were concerned vulnerable residents could be exposed to antisocial behaviour.

The planned relocation has been suggested due to insufficient space at its current location in the library building on Broadway.

Concerns were also raised that the move could reduce the viability of the library, which is run by volunteers from Craccl.

Council officers are however now recommending improvements are made at the library to better accommodate the community office.

It is estimated this work will cost £35,000.

It was estimated that it would cost £55,000 to convert a flat at Oak Tree Court, while work to convert alternative premises at the Broadway would cost more than £100,000.

Councillors will be asked to approve the work at the library at a meeting next week.

A report for councillors prepared ahead of the meeting states: “Given the price for upgrading Colburn Library is the most cost effective option and enables continued working in the community office, members are asked to support the development of part of Colburn Community Office / Library, and include £35,000 in the capital programme for 2020/21.”