Relief as new library saves old art works
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.