Proposal to move Chippenham library is unpopular

This Is Wiltshire: Proposal to move Chippenham library is unpopular Proposal to move Chippenham library is unpopular

A CONSULTATION on the siting of Chippenham’s Community Campus at Monkton Park has flagged up strong opposition to moving the town’s library.

Concerns were mentioned by 40 per cent of the 1,014 people who completed questionnaires in the autumn.

When asked if they agreed with proposals to locate a hub for community services at Wiltshire Council’s offices, 59.2 per cent approved of the idea, but 40.8 per cent did not.

Ian Bridges, chairman of the campus development team (CDT), said: “The CDT have identified that a number of no votes have concentrated on one element of the proposal they dislike and therefore voted against. In essence, they may have liked the majority of the proposal, but due to one aspect have provided a no vote.

“Many respondents have stated they do not want the library to move.”

Mr Bridges told Monday’s meeting of the Chippenham Area Board: “They [opponents] feel comfortable in the library. They don’t have a vision of a modern library.

“But once they realise what we’re trying to achieve, they quite often change their mind.

“We recognise we’ve got to have good access to the library if we relocate it, offering a river level entrance and new transport links.”

Town councillor Mary Fallon said moving it away from the bus station was a real concern for users, many of whom were elderly and would not have computer access at home.

Mr Bridges said traffic surveys would be carried out and the new library would be designed to be all on one floor.

The area board voted unanimously to take a feasibility study of the proposal for the Monkton Park and Olympiad sites.

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11:22pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Gladrags says...

Well as Wiltshire Council plans to get rid of as many buidings as it can, and the 'savings' they have identified for the future means this MUST happen- I don't think we need hold our breath about the outcome of the "feasibilty study". The fact that the current library is central and accessible to residents who depend on public transport will not count, the council has consistantly removed local access to services, tourist information offices, council satellite offices. The new "3 hub" council ( Chippenham Trowbridge and Salisbury) conveniently all west and south of the county for those living in the east of the county- is designed to ensure that the poor, old, disabled, those without their own transport cannot access council staff for the many face to face issues that come up. And as they are looking to cut public transport it will be even more difficult to get to the hubs- strangely the conservative led councillors forget not everyone has a car or the money for taxis, internet access unlimited phones.........Yes welcome to Wiltshire "Where Everyone Matters"
Well as Wiltshire Council plans to get rid of as many buidings as it can, and the 'savings' they have identified for the future means this MUST happen- I don't think we need hold our breath about the outcome of the "feasibilty study". The fact that the current library is central and accessible to residents who depend on public transport will not count, the council has consistantly removed local access to services, tourist information offices, council satellite offices. The new "3 hub" council ( Chippenham Trowbridge and Salisbury) conveniently all west and south of the county for those living in the east of the county- is designed to ensure that the poor, old, disabled, those without their own transport cannot access council staff for the many face to face issues that come up. And as they are looking to cut public transport it will be even more difficult to get to the hubs- strangely the conservative led councillors forget not everyone has a car or the money for taxis, internet access unlimited phones.........Yes welcome to Wiltshire "Where Everyone Matters" Gladrags
  • Score: 7

10:03am Sun 9 Mar 14

politepanda says...

The library will move - the decision has been made.
Condescension and contempt served up to those who would prefer the library remain as is - by way of:
“They feel comfortable in the library. They don’t have a vision of a modern library. But once they realise what we’re trying to achieve, they quite often change their mind."
Note the "no" votes are already being dismissed as "almost yes" votes?
Love the fact that the access for those who may struggle with Monkton Hill, Station Hill, the walk across the park from the golf course bridge - or the slippery risk that is the current "brown bridge" crossing from Emery Gate has been designated as "river level" entry" - sounds pretty exciting! Truth is it's across the dank, caged car park. Where dumped/stolen bikes are stored. Where police cars are washed. Where the kennel for abandoned/lost dogs is kept.
Sounds better than "tradesman's entrance" I suppose.
The proposed public transport improvements is just a smokescreen - that won't happen. (And the safety of positioning a bus terminus in the council car park? Where there may be several police cars attempting to leave for an emergency???)
And the ridiculous waste of money on community impact/feasibility studies are just that - a ridiculous waste of money.
Wiltshire Council - where everyone who sings from our hymn sheet alone matters.
The library will move - the decision has been made. Condescension and contempt served up to those who would prefer the library remain as is - by way of: “They [opponents] feel comfortable in the library. They don’t have a vision of a modern library. But once they realise what we’re trying to achieve, they quite often change their mind." Note the "no" votes are already being dismissed as "almost yes" votes? Love the fact that the access for those who may struggle with Monkton Hill, Station Hill, the walk across the park from the golf course bridge - or the slippery risk that is the current "brown bridge" crossing from Emery Gate has been designated as "river level" entry" - sounds pretty exciting! Truth is it's across the dank, caged car park. Where dumped/stolen bikes are stored. Where police cars are washed. Where the kennel for abandoned/lost dogs is kept. Sounds better than "tradesman's entrance" I suppose. The proposed public transport improvements is just a smokescreen - that won't happen. (And the safety of positioning a bus terminus in the council car park? Where there may be several police cars attempting to leave for an emergency???) And the ridiculous waste of money on community impact/feasibility studies are just that - a ridiculous waste of money. Wiltshire Council - where everyone who sings from our hymn sheet alone matters. politepanda
  • Score: 7

7:17pm Sun 9 Mar 14

kimcrawley says...

The only reason that we are losing all these services in a suitable geographical location - Police Library etc.., is because of the idiotic tories who built the monstrosity at Monkton Park using PFI.
The fools constructed a building that was far too big for our needs hence the rush to occupy with any public service available.
Similarly by asset stripping the council of it's property portfolio morons within the cabinet can claim that they are balancing the budget, they are not.
I bet Jane Scott was one of the idiots who supported the construction of the overpriced megalith that is Monkton Park ' Council Office'.
The only reason that we are losing all these services in a suitable geographical location - Police Library etc.., is because of the idiotic tories who built the monstrosity at Monkton Park using PFI. The fools constructed a building that was far too big for our needs hence the rush to occupy with any public service available. Similarly by asset stripping the council of it's property portfolio morons within the cabinet can claim that they are balancing the budget, they are not. I bet Jane Scott was one of the idiots who supported the construction of the overpriced megalith that is Monkton Park ' Council Office'. kimcrawley
  • Score: 4

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