New ‘community hub’ plan for Woodseats library

Artists' impression of Woodseats Medical Centre
Artists' impression of Woodseats Medical Centre
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Plans to turn a Sheffield library into a ‘community hub’ - adding a medical centre and pharmacy - have been announced today.

Woodseats Library on Chesterfield Road would be the location of the new development, which will retain a library element.

Public consultation on the proposals, developed by Woodseats Medical Practice , has now been launched.

The council says the current library is in a poor condition and repairs would not be economical.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for communities and public health, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to secure the future of Woodseats Library within a brand new building alongside health services.

“We’ll have the same amount of space as currently used in the library and will have the same opening times.

“We’re starting with a blank canvas in terms of what the new library space will look like and how it will be used.

“I really want local people to tell us what they think and help shape these important local plans.”

If the plans go ahead, work could start as soon as this summer.

Construction is likely to take a year. During that time a service will run from the existing Woodseats Medical Centre in Cobnar Road so people can drop off or pick up books.

Coun Iqbal apologised to library users for the ‘inevitable disruption.’

Dr Olivia Horner, GP partner at the medical centre, said: “We are very excited at this once in a lifetime opportunity to house both council and NHS services under one roof. We feel that this will provide enhanced services, efficiency and accessibility to people.”

Visit Woodseats Library or www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries for information.