Green light for new £1.2m library and wellbeing hub in North Lincolnshire

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 22 Feb 2018

PLANNERS  made a decision on plans for a new £1.2m library and wellbeing hub in North Lincolnshire.

Permission was granted for the extension at Baysgarth Leisure Centre in Barton at the planning committee meeting held in Scunthorpe on Wednesday, February 14, with councillors voting unanimously for the application to be passed.

North Lincolnshire Council says a range of key services will be transformed to create a new library and wellbeing hub for Barton residents under the one roof.

The project will create around 20 construction jobs and work could start as early as this summer.

The move will see the library and local link, currently based at Providence House, relocated to the leisure centre, along with the Health and Wellbeing Hub, and Adult Community Learning.

Integration of services will allow an increase in opening hours, providing greater public access.

The new leisure centre, library and wellbeing hub will create:

  • A purpose-built library area
  • Specific facilities for wellbeing  
  • support
  • Enhanced refreshment facilities
  • Improved self-service access
  • Comprehensive, high-quality leisure facilities
  • Enhanced parking, transport and accessibility arrangements

In addition to the building extension, the car park will also be extended to accommodate more customers. New transport provision will also be provided to support access to the site.

Barton Town Council previously raised concerns regarding the access, the proposed new car park, the lack of quiet areas in the building and the future use of Providence House.

They also felt a regular bus service to and from the hub and a lighting scheme along the access road were needed.

Councillor Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Now we have planning permission, we can progress with arranging for work to start on site at Baysgarth Leisure Centre.

“It is fantastic news for Barton. We are fully committed to the £1.2m investment to transform the way we support and enable residents.

“A wide range of services will be brought together under one roof providing a one-stop shop for information, advice, leisure, health, wellbeing and lifelong learning opportunities.”

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