New Chapter for Local Library

Plans to build a new permanent library for Haxby and Wigginton have just taken a major step forward, as agreement has been reached about the preferred site.

Haxby Town Council have agreed in principle to provide a changed lease on the land occupied by 2nd Haxby & Wigginton Scout Group HQ. This will allow City of York Council to develop proposals for an extension to the Scout HQ to restore our much-missed community library.

£500,000 has already been allocated by the City of York Council to deliver a new library in Haxby, thanks to the efforts of Liberal Democrat councillors and the agreement as to the site brings us closer to making it happen.

A public consultation will now be undertaken, so that local residents and users of the building can share their views on the proposals. This will include a drop-in event at the Scout HQ on Thursday 6th December, from 3pm to 7pm. Residents can also see and comment on the proposed plans at the Haxby mobile library.

Councillor Ian Cuthbertson said: “After the closure and demolition of our library in 2016 we've worked tirelessly to help find a permanent home for Haxby & Wigginton library. The mobile library has been a good temporary solution, but residents quite rightly want something permanent.

“Since earlier plans to use Haxby Memorial Hall had to be dropped, the best option is to extend the Scout HQ building.

“We look forward to working with all stakeholders in creating a permanent library for our area and we would strongly encourage local residents to respond to the consultation and let us know their views on the proposals.”

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