ASHBOURNE’S new library is well on its way to completion, bosses say.
Construction of the new £2.4 million building, which will encompass a day centre, a wedding venue, a heritage exhibition and an information centre, is so far on schedule and on budget.
Although the building, which is due to be completed in late April, is ‘progressing well’, project leaders at Derbyshire County Council are unable to confirm their plans for a revamp of the adjacent Civic Square.
A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “Construction work on our new Ashbourne Library is progressing well and we anticipate completion by the end of April. Residents will see the building is starting to take shape. The foundations, steel frame and roof have been completed and work is now underway on the masonary. Project costs are on target and we are pleased with progress.”
It had been suggested that Civic Square, which is currently a busy thoroughfare linking Compton with Shaw Croft, could be widened, resurfaced and features including giant arrows pointing to Shrovetide goals could be incorporated into the design. Before the ideas, penned by the county council, can get off the drawing board however an agreement has to be reached with Derbyshire Dales District Council - which owns the land.
A spokesman for the county council said: “Negotiations are still on-going with the Derbyshire Dales District Council so I’m afraid we can’t say any more at this stage.”