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Scheme lodged for new hub to house Wolverhampton library

Plans for one of seven community hubs which are being created across Wolverhampton as part of a controversial scheme to save almost £1 million a year have been lodged.


The centres are being introduced as part of moves to merge a number of community centres and libraries across the city.

A planning application for the Ashmore Park site has revealed a new link building will be installed between the youth club and the games barn on Griffiths Drive. The glass and steel extension will house a purpose-built new library.

The hub will also include a new community gym including showers and changing facilities, six multi-purpose meeting rooms, lounge, kitchen, sports hall and IT facilities say council chiefs. The application is due to be determined in the next few weeks.

Design work for sites in Long Knowle, Wednesfield, Pendeford, Parkfields, Lower Bradley and Low Hill is also ongoing.

In Parkfields, the city council is investigating the possibility of creating a community hub at the former Parkfields school. Spring Vale Library and the education library will merge at the new hub, while the new facility will also offer an information point for users.

In Lower Bradley, the existing community centre will become a hub offering a self-serve library facility and information point.

In due course, the city council intends to work with the health service to develop a new GP practice at the site.

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