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New community hub site purchased

Launceston Town Council has announced that it has secured a site for the town's library service, with the former Barclays Bank building in Broad Street set to be refurbished and transformed into a new community hub.

The building will accommodate the town library, the registration service and an information centre, as well as having the potential to offer short term office space and room hire, while providing a community hub in the centre of town, ensuring accessibility for all.

Mayor of Launceston, Cllr Helen Bailey said: “So much work has been involved over many years to ensure we have a town library. To have our fantastic facility in the heart of our town open six days a week, ensures we can build on the service offered to our residents and the wider community.”

The use of the former Barclays site will ensure that a large central town building is not left standing unused, but will instead be preserved and maintained to provide a multi-use facility for Launceston.

Cornwall Councillor for Launceston, Cllr John Conway, said: "I am delighted that this

prominent town centre site has been purchased for use as a library. It has taken a long time and I am sure the wait will prove worthwhile."

The Town Council will now undertake a tender process for a construction provider to fulfill the necessary works to the site, and will continue to work with Cornwall Council to ensure that a modern, adaptable hub building is provided for the town.


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