Conservative campaigners have welcomed today’s re-opening of Bradley Stoke Library after a five-week closure period, during which the library has been extended by around 60 square metres.
The extension maintains the large open plan design and enables the whole of the rear of the library to be used for children’s services and create a more dedicated space for this age group.
In addition, a staff workroom has been extended to allow more space for storage and office work.
In a joint statement, South Gloucestershire Conservative Councillors for Bradley Stoke John Ashe, Brian Hopkinson, Rob Jones and Sarah Pomfret said:
“In the past, we have had reports from local residents that the children’s area cannot always accommodate the number of families attending pre-school and holiday activities.”
“We have very much taken up these concerns with the council and we are delighted that the work has now been completed.”
“Local residents now have more space in which to enjoy their local library and make use of the important opportunities the facility offers.”
Newly-elected MP for the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency, Jack Lopresti, added:
“Bradley Stoke has a high percentage of children and I am delighted that this library extension means that they are to be properly catered for.
More room will benefit other library users too, so it’s very much a win-win for the whole town.”
The photo (above) shows Cllrs John Ashe, Rob Jones, Brian Hopkinson, Town Mayor Cllr Ben Walker, Jack Lopresti MP and Cllr Sarah Pomfret outside the library prior to today’s re-opening.
The library re-opens for business at 10:30am and users are reminded that any books borrowed in the weeks prior to the closure are due for return today.
An official re-opening ceremony will take place at 11am on Saturday (17th July), when Cllr Janet Biggin, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, will also launch this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
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