Saved li­brary starts a new chap­ter in his­tory

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

A LI­BRARY saved from the axe is hav­ing an open day this Satur­day to cel­e­brate its new role as a com­mu­nity hub.

Hurds­field Li­brary had been un­der threat as part of Cheshire East Coun­cil’s cost-cut­ting plans.

But a cam­paign last year re­sulted in the Hurds­field Green fa­cil­ity be­ing trans­ferred to so­cial land­lord Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust.

Since then it has been run by a group of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers.

On Satur­day be­tween 9.30am and 12.30pm, Hurds­field Com­mu­nity Li­brary will be show­ing off its plans to de­velop the fa­cil­ity.

The venue does not just serve as a li­brary, but of­fers res­i­dents IT lessons.

Steve Carter, Cheshire East coun­cil­lor who rep­re­sents Hurds­field, holds con­stituent surg­eries in the build­ing and the PCSO will hold drop-in ses­sions.

The group has plans to de­velop the build­ing to be­come a com­mu­nity meet­ing and ac­tiv­ity hub.

There are also plans to pro­vide out­door ac­tiv­i­ties on a va­cant site be­tween De­lamere Drive and the Mac­cles­field Canal.

The books are the coun­cil’s prop­erty, but the trust will cover the li­brary run­ning costs.

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