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Plans for new Lichfield Library at St Mary’s in the Market Square to go on display

Plans for Lichfield’s new library space will go on show in the city.

St Mary's in the Market Square. Pic: Bs0u10e01

St Mary’s in the Market Square. Pic: Bs0u10e01

Drop-in events on November 10 will allow residents to see the proposals for St Mary’s in the Market Square.

The controversial move will see the facility switch from The Friary, which will then be redeveloped into residential property.

A petition fighting the plans failed to halt the proposals, but Cllr Gill Heath, libraries chief at Staffordshire County Council, insisted the switch would benefit the city.

“These are very exciting times which will see the creation of a first class modern library in the city while safeguarding the future of two landmark buildings,” Cllr Heath said. “The move is also being backed by Lichfield District Council and the City Centre Development Partnership because it will increase footfall, boost the heart of the city and support local traders.”

The plans will be on show between 1.30pm and 4pm at The Friary and 5pm to 7pm at St Mary’s.

Cllr Heath added: “It’s still early days but we’re now starting to create plans around the interior of the building and sorting out what goes where.”

A £250,000 fundraising campaign has also been launched by The Guild of St Mary’s to reinvigorate the first floor.

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4 Comments

  1. Peter

    3rd November, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Isn’t this a bit back to front?

    Decide St Mary’s is the best place for the library and the current one can be sold off to developers.

    Then start to draw up plans.

    I would have thought there would have been full plans and designs in place when they decided it was the best option.

    Typical of Staffordshire CC.

  2. Jamie Stanyer

    4th November, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Clearly this is not going to be a great facility no matter what spin is put on it, however in light of many nearby places losing their libraries all together at least we will still have one. Libraries are so important; for education, meetings, community events, internet access for those who cannot afford it, somewhere for all ages to meet, and afford access to books to everyone

  3. AgitatorofPeople

    4th November, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Wow this has taken Staffs CC an age to get done, how hard can it be to present some plans? this should have been done a year ago, and the best they can do is give 1 weeks notice and show them for a combined total of 4.5 hours in two locations, 6500 people signed a petition against this and this is the best SCC can do in reply.
    SCC are still pedalling the same worn and flawed arguments about why this is going to be such a great move and how it “Safeguards” the two buildings
    If you have Facebook search “Save Lichfield Library” they have dug up allsorts on this move, from Conservative Councillors who held Director posts at St Marys, to a Diocese that has £76M of funds but is getting our public money to fix it’s Church for them, Safeguard my arse! it’s an outrage!
    Go along and give them your views on it, don’t let them bugger up another one of our rapidly disappearing services that we pay for yet receive less of.

  4. Mat

    13th November, 2016 at 10:09 am

    The hypocrisy and deceit is incredible. The campaign was accused of lying to and misleading the public, well let the citizens now see the state of affairs for themselves. An estimated 75% less for space designated to a library. Reduced assess to public transport, reduced access for those needing Motability, reduced service for we the taxpayer.