Centre rescues village library

Malcolm Silkstone, Janet Battye, Trevor Lever and Gary Borrows at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre which will house the Bailiff Bridge Library and also to look at the fantastic work on goin in the area
Malcolm Silkstone, Janet Battye, Trevor Lever and Gary Borrows at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre which will house the Bailiff Bridge Library and also to look at the fantastic work on goin in the area

BAILIFF Bridge village library will be on the move in just over a year.

Plans are underway to relocate the present library which is situated in Devon Way into Bailiff Bridge Community Centre and it is hoped this will start to happen in January 2013.

The old building will then be sold off.

The decision to move the library between Calderdale Council and Bailiff Bridge Community Association has prevented the library from potentially closing as part of the budget cuts and could even result in longer opening hours.

A move leader of the council, Janet Battye, supported during her visit to the area to see first-hand the success story behind the regeneration project which has turned the village around.

Coun Battye was extremely impressed with the work at both the community centre and the memorial park and said groups such as Bailiff Bridge Community Association, were really important.

“This area looks lovely and is a real credit. I am very keen for the library to move to the community centre because we want to continue with the service in the village,” she said.

The council is looking at ways it can increase the number of hours it is available without increasing the number of staff. One suggestion that could be piloted at the library is some kind of self-service and maybe get some of the groups who use the library involved. Children at Bailiff Bridge Primary School will also visit.

The news of the move comes only days after councillors agreed to slash opening hours of libraries throughout Calderdale in a bid to save money.

Opening hours at Brighouse, Rastrick and Hipperholme libraries will be cut from 45 to 37 hours a week. The mobile library service will be reduced to a single vehicle for the housebound and those in care homes.