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Sefton Council to seek progress update on Crosby’s former Carnegie Library refurbishment

Committed to the restoration of the historic former Carnegie Library in Crosby, Sefton Council is asking the project contractors for an update of its plans to be progress the scheme.

Committed

A Sefton Council spokesperson said: “The Council remains wholly committed to doing all it can to support the long-term restoration of the former Carnegie Library building and has demonstrated a commitment to working with the successful third-party bidder for the scheme.

“However, after a period of inactivity on site we are seeking confirmation from said third-party bidder that this project remains deliverable.

“Sefton Council remains eager to bring this much-loved asset back in to use, and to prevent further deterioration of the building itself, we are taking preventative steps to protect its fabric and ensure it is wind and water-tight in the intervening period.”

Grade II listed

Sefton Council previously announced, that a tender process had been carried out with the successful third party having produced a business plan for the building that would include the creation of a flexible business hub for start-up and smaller businesses and a community café. This plan would also facilitate the repair and refurbishment in line with its status as a Grade II listed building.

The Council spokesperson added: “We hope to be able to continue with the current contract, but are actively monitoring progress to determine the most appropriate next steps”

“ This building is valued by the Council and the local community, and therefore we will take the necessary steps to ensure that this building is brought back in to use.”