Library wall collapses just months after being repaired

A councillor says she is shocked that a library wall fell down just a few months after the council repaired it.

Friday, 11th October 2019, 10:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th October 2019, 11:10 am
Councillors Andrew Sangar and Sue Alston

Broomhill Library’s boundary wall has collapsed and the council will now need to spend £6,000 doing surveys before it can repair it again.

The wall is a feature of the garden surrounding the library and is also a retaining wall to neighbours.

The volunteer-led library was hoping to restore the garden but these plans have now been delayed.

Fulwood councillor Sue Alston said: “I was shocked and saddened to learn that part of the boundary wall behind Broomhill Library fell down in May, only eight months after the council had carried out repairs to it.

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“It is vital that the council not only carries out this feasibility study but also that they promptly order the repair of this wall.

“The volunteers at Broomhill Community Library provide a great service to users across S10 and beyond and need everyone’s support.

“The volunteers have ambitious plans for restoring the library’s gardens and these plans have been delayed by this wall collapse.”

In a report, officers said: “Leaving the wall in a state of disrepair significantly reduces the amenity of the garden and may contribute toward the erosion of adjacent neighbouring land.

“A technical team will complete a feasibility study at a cost of £5,000 for technical advice and excavation and £1,000 for surveys. The council cannot commence until that has been completed.”