Delays expected over library opening

PUBLISHED: 17:24 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 07:10 30 May 2010

COMPLETION of Dunmow s new £1million library may be delayed, but when finished the facility will be open for much longer hours then its predecessor. It was revealed this week that contractors have been drafted in to help speed up vital building work on th

COMPLETION of Dunmow's new £1million library may be delayed, but when finished the facility will be open for much longer hours then its predecessor.

It was revealed this week that contractors have been drafted in to help speed up vital building work on the entrance to the new building ahead of its deadline at the end of April.

However, when finished it will be open for six days a week, Monday to Saturday, and possibly from 9am until 6pm depending on a public consultation.

Essex County Council's libraries officer, Jenny Salisbury, said: "We want the public's views on the opening hours of this fantastic new library.

"We want to know exactly when they would like to have it open, whether it is evenings, mornings or afternoons. Pop into the old library on North Street and tell us."

The new library, in White Street, will host regular police beat surgeries and house the Uttlesford Information Centre.

It will also provide more books, DVDs, increased computer suite - with training on offer - and a self-service facility for customers to issue and return books without queuing.

There will also be a meetings room for hire by local organisations.

Cllr David Finch, Essex County Council cabinet member for adults, health and community wellbeing, said: "This is going to be a tremendous asset for the all sections of the community but we want to make sure the opening hours suit the needs of local residents.

"The facilities here will be state-of-the-art and our staff will be able to concentrate on the important job of helping customers get the most out of their visit."

The £1million project is part of Essex County Council's EssexWorks commitment to invest in policies and services which enhance residents' quality of life.

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