Shropshire Star

Views sought on Shropshire library's new chapter

Residents of a village near Shrewsbury are being asked for their views on the possible relocation of the local library.

Pontesbury Library. Photo: Google StreetView.

Planning permission was recently granted for a development of land at Hall Bank in Pontesbury. The scheme includes a Community Hub building which would provide a multi-purpose space for a range of activities and uses, and provide a focal point for the community.

Following the granting of this planning permission, Shropshire Council is now putting forward a proposal to relocate Pontesbury Library from its existing location in Bogey Lane into the Community Hub building when it is completed in 2019.

Library service manager Michael Lewis said: “Like all our libraries Pontesbury Library enables access to an amazing array of services, but the building itself is quite tired and limits what can be done in the space. Locating the library in the Community Hub would create exciting opportunities for developing what the library does and would also make the service more sustainable in the longer term.”

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “The library in Pontesbury is particularly well supported by the community. I urge everyone to look at this proposal and let us know your views."

For further details about this proposal and to take part in the survey go to

Paper copies of the survey are also available from Pontesbury Library. The survey closing date is November 20.