Posted on Wednesday 28th July 2021
How the new library could look if it moved to the Market Hall
Burton residents can still sign up for consultation events on proposals to relocate the town’s library to the Market Hall – including an evening panel session at the Pirelli Stadium.
The panel session takes place next Wednesday August 4 from 7pm to 8.30pm and people need to book a place to attend.
People can book on the events now at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonlibraryconsultation and fill in the online survey.
The schedule of remaining events is:
Drop-in sessions: Thursday 29 July, 10am to 12.30pm - Rolleston Mobile Library, Rolleston Club and Saturday 31 July, 10am to 1pm - Coopers Square Shopping Centre.
Focus group events at Burton library – these need to be booked and 12 spaces are available for each session. Both take place this Tuesday August 3, from 1pm to 2pm and then 3.45pm to 4.45pm.
People can also sign up for online focus group sessions. These both also take place this Tuesday August 3, 11.30am to 12.30pm and then 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities and culture Victoria Wilson said:
The consultation events will give people the opportunity to ask questions and have their say on the library proposals. We’ve aimed to locate them across the town so they’re as accessible as possible. If people can’t attend any of the events, they can still complete a survey online. This engagement process will help us to shape the new library service if we do go ahead.”
Ben Robinson MBE, chairman of the Burton Town Deal Board, added:
The library and enterprise hub project is one of seven which forms part of our Town Deal proposals.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to improve and preserve the heritage Market Hall and provide first class community facilities in a more suitable and easily accessible location. This would be a big project for the town, so we want people to have their say.
By bringing more people in to this part of town we can attract more businesses and enhance the market square as a visitor destination.
This will also support our plans to develop the area next to the Washlands to make it more appealing for visitors including developing leisure facilities and improve connections to it from the town centre. Together they contribute to our vision for Burton as a forward-thinking town that can utilise our many assets and heritage features as part of its regeneration.”
The Burton Town Deal Board has secured £22.8m of the Government’s Towns Fund money. The library proposal is one of seven connected projects that aim to revitalise the town centre economy, bringing more footfall and businesses into the town centre.
The Towns Fund offers a once in a generation investment in the town – from central Government and at little additional cost to local taxpayers – to help the economy recover from the pandemic and respond over the long-term to people’s changing shopping habits.