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New community hubs earmarked for Farsley and Calverley – improvements to Armley

13 March 2019

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Librariers in both Farsley and Calverley are set to be transformed into community hubs housing a variety of council services.

The creation of the hubs will mean the library is still housed in the buildings, but other services are introduced, similar to existing hubs in Armley and Pudsey.

A report to be considered by councillors at next week’s decision-making executive board suggests Farsley library will be converted into a hub in the 2019-2020 financial year.

And Calverley Library is currently earmarked for an unspecified between 2020 and 2022.

The report – which can be read here – says:

“Community Hubs continue to make a real difference for local communities, changing people’s lives and enabling us to deliver more and better services.

“The 17 operational Community Hubs continue to develop real integration with a wide range of services and partners including police, health, credit union and the third sector and are providing better outcomes for local people, including helping more people into work.”

The former Armley Library. Copyright Stephen Craven and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The report also outlines a number of improvements to Armley Community Hub.

It says improvements are needed to the current layout to improve the design and resolve confidentiality issues. This scheme has combined Phase 2 and Phase 3 works to form the hub and the creation of five glass-fronted interview rooms, new office space and kitchen, internal redecoration, new customer and staff WCs, baby change, IT suite, remove Leeds City Credit Union space and reconfigure entrance, Jobshop, new queue and appointment management and improved library space.

There will also be improvements to back offices, furniture, backlog maintenance and meeting room suite.

Work is due to start on site in April 2019.

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