News Tuesday, March 8th Words by: Bill Tanner

Hereford library: campaigners given more time for Rankin Centre plans

News Tuesday, March 8th

Hereford library: campaigners given more time for Rankin Centre plans

A new Hereford library has more time to happen.

Herefordshire Council this week gave Hereford Library Users Group (HLUG) extra time to formulate proposals for the refurbishment of the Broad street library and museum building – currently closed over an asbestos scare.

HLUG has been campaigning for years for a better city library, and their present plans include transforming the building into a centre for recreational, public and cultural services.

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A few months ago the council’s cabinet said it was committed to work with HLUG on future options for the Broad Street site, which also houses the Museum and Art Gallery and the Woolhope Club.

Since then, HLUG has been engaged in a consultation to find out if a major redevelopment is possible and feasible.

There was a public meeting where overwhelming support expressed for exploring a major improvement scheme to turn the building into a 'cultural centre' for Hereford.

John Faulkner of the Hereford Library Users Group told Herefordshire Live: “We have received considerable support for pursuing a significant development of the site and the council has agreed for us to have an extension of time until the end of March, to formulate the proposals in more detail.”

A report on the initial options for the future operation of the museum service will be discussed by cabinet this week month.

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Meanwhile, work to remove the asbestos at Broad Street is underway.

HLUG says the closure presents the county with a “unique opportunity”. And the answer, they say, is the Rankin Centre - a hi-tech cultural and community hub at a ripped out and regenerated Broad Street.

The name recognises James Rankin who secured the building as a home for the Woolhope Club of which he was a founder member.

HLUG has outlined its Rankin plan in a 16-page document now doing the rounds. You can read a summary here.


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