Keep Sawbridgeworth’s library in a safe central position for our community

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we urge the county council to fully explore the options for partnership with the Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall Trust before making any decision regarding the new location of the the Library. It is the will of the residents of Sawbridgeworth that the Library remain within the Town Centre in the Forbury in order to be safe, maintain and improve access for all and to encourage community involvement and volunteering. This location has ample parking and is easily accessible whilst also being an existing focal point for our community.

Possible Merger of SMHT and Library

A proposal has been made to Herts County Council, which would create an extension to Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, to house a new modern Library

Potential Benefits

• The Library, would be more integrated into the community than ever before.
• Volunteers could cross integrate between library and SMH team
• Access to the larger car park
• No Increase in Traffic to Station road or hazards to pedestrians and school children
• Up to 40% Larger Library than Firestation option
• Keeps the library within central Sawbridgeworth
• Footfall would stay in central Sawbridgeworth, helping the local businesses.
• Keep our families and elderly safe, compared to relocating to a dangerous station road site, with no parking.
• Modern facility.
• Sharing facilities, helps make the hall and library financially stable, for future years
• Cheaper build cost.
• Existing access road to enlarged car park
 

SMHT have offered to help finance the project.

 

The existing Library building would be kept for community use and managed by SMHT. 

This is a significant opportunity to add community based facilities and services to Sawbridgeworth, going against the trend of removing them.