New libraries, new spaces - for young and old

Some recently announced multi-million pound investments in libraries demonstrate the benefits to the community of ambitious cross-agency initiatives.

25 March 2013

Youth Zones for Lancashire

Lancashire County Council has announced the building of a new £2.4m Youth Zone for Chorley to improve services for young people.

A multi-purpose hall, music and dance rooms, spaces for one-to-one and group work and music recording equipment will be created within the town library building. The development is one of 11 youth zones approved for districts across the county.

The Lancashire Telegraph quotes County Councillor Mark Perks, cabinet member for young people:“The great thing is that other agencies working with young people will also be able to use the building. This means we can work much closer in partnership to provide the services young people want.”

More services for young people in Nottinghamshire

In Nottinghamshire, West Bridgford library has reopened following a £5.3m refurbishment. The enlarged facility will share space with the register office and a young people's centre.

The new library will have a performance space and recording studio.

Work starts on East Sussex library and social care complex

Work has begun on building a new modern library and adult social care complex in Seaford.

The £6m East Sussex County Council development will include a new library and cafe, supported living flats for adults with learning disabilities and day care services for older people.

The project is part of a multi-million pound investment in libraries in East Sussex which will also see new facilities built in Hastings and Newhaven.

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