Winslow Community Library - Joint Statement
Joint Statement from Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health and John Chilver, Cabinet Member for Resources.
'Following last week's extraordinary meeting of Winslow Town Council, we have jointly agreed to relook at our initial proposals.
While demolition of all the buildings together and using a high-quality temporary building to house the community library closer to the site entrance was a sensible and workable option, we have taken into account the strong views expressed by the Town Council.
As a result, we will now also be looking at an additional option which could retain the current library building for the time being without the need for its demolition. Subject to costs and other practicalities, this option will form part of the overall Winslow Centre development business case to be considered by Cabinet.
We absolutely recognise the library as an important local asset and the firm proposals for it to be Buckinghamshire Council's new community access point for the Winslow area from April 1st next year confirms that fact.
To further reinforce our commitment, we have exciting plans for the regeneration of the site over the longer term for the benefit of everyone of everyone in the Winslow area. These proposals include new residential and extra care housing, open space provision, community use buildings and of course a brand new state-of-the-art library for everyone to use and enjoy.
Of course in the longer term, if the new development goes ahead, we will need to demolish the library before we construct the new building, so there will always be a time when the library will need to move out of its current location and alternative arrangements provided.'