A BRAND-new library could be built in Shirley town centre as part of the Parkgate development.
At Tuesday’s Full Council meeting, it was revealed that discussions were underway to replace the current premises in Church Road.
It is proposed that the new building would be sited in either the town or community square and it would need to be funded from the existing budget for the site. The present premises, built in 1937, would likely be retained and put to a new use.
Coun Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services, told fellow members that the plans were at an “early stage”.
“I hope you will agree this is good news,” she said, adding that the 21st century facilities would be a major boost for Shirley.
“Our aspirations for a new Shirley library will need considerable further work but if the business case makes sense, we hope to move this forward and will keep local people informed on progress.”
But the announcement has garnered a mix response from opposition councillors.
Coun Andy Hodgson (Green, Shirley South), claimed the project was put forward because the scheme had failed to attract enough private investment.