Plans to improve Calverley Library and transform it into a mini-community hub could take longer than expected, a local councillor has said.
The planning application approved by the council last week includes external changes to the building.
But Councillor Andrew Carter (Cons, Calverley & Farsley) said local groups were to be consulted about internal changes – and that the Covid-19 pandemic was likely to delay any work being carried out. He said:
“When the planning application was lodged Councillor Amanda Carter and myself raised issues, as did some local residents surrounding the internal rearrangements, specifically making sure that the children’s corner and the area used by Calverley Historical Society, were still going to be adequate.
“Before any work commenced we were promised a full briefing and appropriate input. We were also informed that, although a planning application had been approved, the Council had put the plans on hold due to the current situation relating to Covid, and council finances, which we regard as most unfortunate.
“Therefore, although the planning application has been passed, no work is likely to start soon. The main thing is that the residents who raised issues, and we as ward councillors, have been assured of proper consultation to make this a successful project.”
The creation of the hub will mean the library and history centre is still housed in the Thornhill Street building, but other council services will also be introduced.