Re­lief as new li­brary saves old art works

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

CONCERNED res­i­dents wor­ried about pos­si­ble loss of some of the orig­i­nal artis­tic fea­tures of Ash­ford li­brary can breathe a sigh of re­lief – KCC has con­firmed they will be saved. A mo­saic cre­ated in 1990 by two artists and school­child­ren will be re­tained af­ter be­ing put into stor­age as de­mo­li­tion of the old li­brary con­tin­ues. The mo­saic will be re­turned to the new build­ing when work is com­pleted next year. It was orig­i­nally in­stalled on an out­side wall at the back. An ab­stract metal sculp­ture in the for­mer li­brary fore­court will also be kept as will the stained glass win­dow in the chil­dren’s li­brary. The new £7.6 mil­lion “Gate­way Plus” build­ing will of­fer com­mu­nity and ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties hous­ing Ash­ford’s reg­is­ter of­fice. In ad­di­tion, there will be rooms for so­cial care for adults and space for art ex­hi­bi­tions. Mean­while the tem­po­rary li­brary in the Park Mall shop­ping cen­tre is do­ing brisk busi­ness. The tem­po­rary li­brary is open Mon­day, Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day from 9am to 6pm. There are ex­tended hours on Thurs­days, from 9am to 8pm, and on Satur­days, 9am to 5pm.

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