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New Twyford Library Approved

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A new chapter is opening for Twyford Library as Wokingham Borough Council approves plans to create a brand-new facility in the centre of the village, converting the Old Polehampton Boys School.

Funding is confirmed for the first phase of the project, which includes plans to convert the Grade II listed building into a library and lobby with the addition of a modest single storey extension. The planning consent included a further two storey extension that could potentially be provided in the future subject to funding.  External landscaping work will also take place, along with the removal of the old public toilets.

The council has worked in partnership with local charity, The Polehampton Trust, who own the building to develop the new library.

Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, said: “I am sure residents will share my excitement as we move one step closer to re-developing and opening a brand-new library facility in Twyford.”

“We are proud to have committed to this project despite the financial pressures that Covid-19 has presented. Where many councils are closing libraries over recent years, we are delighted to be investing a new facility that will serve the local community for years to come.”

Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for regeneration, said: “It’s incredibly important that we continue to invest in community facilities as our borough grows. This includes regenerating villages and towns throughout the borough. Twyford Library is a much valued and key facility for thousands of residents in our northern parishes, providing vital services.” 

The planning committee agreed proposals at its meeting on the 11 February 2021.