Green light for Glastonbury

Somerset County Council has given the green light to plans which will bring many of Glastonbury’s public services together at the Library in Orchard Court from autumn next year.

The existing library building will be refurbished to provide a modern space where residents can easily access services in one location, including Children’s Centre, Library, Citizen Advice, Mendip District Council and potentially a nursery.

Sharing space with partners will not only bring benefits to our residents as they will be able to access a number of services in one location, but also reduce building running costs helping to make its services more sustainable in future. It is estimated that these changes will bring about an initial saving of £165,000 and generate revenue of £1.6 million over 25 years for the Council.

Registration Services will also be relocated from Wells to Orchard Court in Glastonbury, excluding ceremonies which will continue to be based at Wells Town Hall.

Office space to let will be available for commercial and business use as well as bookable meeting space for community groups.

Work to refurbish the Library is due to start in spring 2016. While this is taking place, the Library may be unavailable to the public for a very short amount of time. After this, and while the rest of the building is being refurbished, there will be a reduced Library service offer available to the public until the new shared space is open.

The Council sought feedback on the proposals from customers earlier this year and will be sharing designs of what the new shared building could look like during winter 2015/16.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “This is good news for Glastonbury and for Somerset taxpayers. Not only will it provide customers with a new welcoming, safe, modern space where they can easily access multiple public services, but having fewer buildings to manage will reduce running costs for the Council. If this project is successful, we will also look at other opportunities to share space with partners in key Somerset locations around the county.”