Fears over future of Ellesmere's old library building

Reporter:

Emily Davies

Ellesmere’s mayor has said he hopes the soon-to-be redundant library building in the town will have a future.

Fullwood House is expected to be vacated in September when library services move to a new community hub ‘Our Space’ at the nearby refurbished Meres Day Centre on Trimpley Street.

However, Councillor Ryan Hartley has said he hopes Shropshire Council will look to dispose of the building on Victoria Street “as soon as possible”.

He said: “Obviously the building belongs to Shropshire Council but we’re not sure what they will do with it.

“More than likely they will dispose of it. It’s what it will be used for afterwards.

“The obvious thing would be to convert it to residential. You could get quite a few apartments there. The first and second floors have been used as flats before, but it would need a complete revamp.”

Cllr Hartley said the building could also be mixed used with some office space, but added: “It would be down to whoever bought it.”

He continued: “It’s a lovely building.

“I wouldn’t want to see it empty for long. I’m pretty certain as soon as the library moved, which will probably be in September, Shropshire Council will dispose of it, so something can be done with it so it is not left as a redundant building for long.”

Councillor Ann Hartley, Shropshire member for Ellesmere, said she was not “aware” of any plans for the building at the moment, adding: “The library is still functioning from Fullwood House.”

The library move came after the community sought to protect services that were under threat from Shropshire Council cutbacks.

The new hub – which was officially opened by Born Free actress Virginia McKenna last month, will include the library, plus day care provision and a cafe.

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