Coun­cil to an­nounce li­brary move to bank

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

OVER the com­ing days Wick­low County Coun­cil will an­nounce the pur­chase of the Ul­ster Bank premises as the lo­ca­tion for a new state-of-the-art li­brary in Wick­low town.

Last year, the Li­brary Devel­op­ment Plan adopted by Wick­low County Coun­cil al­lowed for the pro­vi­sion of new li­braries in Wick­low town, Rath­drum, Aughrim and Bray, as well as a re­place­ment mo­bile li­brary van. The plan, which cov­ers the years 2016 to 2020, also in­cludes the ex­ten­sion of Wi-Fi to ev­ery li­brary in the county as well as a com­mit­ment to in­crease the an­nual book fund

Cllr Gail Dunne said: ‘The old li­brary lo­cated on the site of Wick­low Court­house was to­tally un­suit­able to the needs of Wick­low town. Our county town has grown over many years and will con­tinue to grow so a much larger space and fa­cil­i­ties are needed for a proper li­brary ser­vice.

‘It should help re­ju­ve­nate that side of the town. The new li­brary at Ark­low is a won­der­ful ser­vice and I think the pur­chase of this build­ing will help im­prove li­brary ser­vices in Wick­low town and bring it up to the same level of stan­dard.’

Dis­cus­sions over the pur­chase of the va­cant Ul­ster Bank site have been on­go­ing for the past num­ber of months. The build­ing is lo­cated in the heart of the town on the junction of The Mall and New Street.

Wick­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict Cathaoir­leach, Cllr Shay Cullen, feels the new pur­chase will make for an ideal li­brary.

He said: ‘It should be of fan­tas­tic ben­e­fit to the peo­ple of Wick­low town. It is a cen­tral lo­ca­tion for peo­ple and should also help bring a bit of life to that part of Wick­low.

‘I think you will find the new li­brary, when com­pleted, will be­come a cen­tral hub for the town.

‘It will also tie in with the Kick­start Wick­low cam­paign aimed at cap­i­tal­is­ing on Wick­low town’s po­ten­tial.

‘It will help open up the town. There is also a pos­si­bil­ity of other Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict ser­vices op­er­at­ing from the premises.’

Deputy Pat Casey said the spa­cious new premises should pro­vide room for ICT and other fa­cil­i­ties.

‘For years we have been try­ing to get a more suit­able venue for a li­brary and this iconic build­ing and lo­ca­tion is ideal.

‘I look for­ward to see­ing it open to read­ers and users alike and this is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of main street re­newal and I am de­lighted that the coun­cil is to the fore­front of this.’

The old Ul­ster Bank premises in Wick­low town.

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