£270,000 revamp to create tea room and hub at Grant Thorold Library

WORK is underway on the refurbishment of Grant Thorold Library, thanks to a grant of more than £270,000.
The Your Community Hub Community Interest Group, owners of the Gingerbread House at Humberston Library, received funding of £274,500, from The Big Lottery Fund, in order to renovate the library, bringing a new cafe, equipment and multi-purpose education room to the hub, as well as significant improvements to the exterior of the building.
He said the work will provide the community with a new outlet for them to use, as the library will be expanded, and further educational equipment installed, along with the addition of a cafe, which if it is anything like the Gingerbread House, should prove to be a welcome addition to the neighbourhood.

The work is set to take a number of months, which will mean that the library’s books will be unavailable until work is completed around the start of May, with the team making assurances it will be fully operational by the bank holiday.

The computer facilities at the library will remain open to the public, along with the Care4all facilities, as it has been noted how important they are to the local community.

Mr Taylor said: “I am proud to bring a significant project to this area which has been neglected for far too long.  We have partnered with Care4all to make this happen, the changes that we are making at the hub will enhance the area greatly and have far-reaching effects on the lives of this fabulous community who have welcomed us and engaged with us from day one.”

“We will attract people from outside this community and hope this will act as a catalyst for the local economy both monetary and socially.  We have already demonstrated that community hubs can work in a sustainable manner and with this seed money from the Big Lottery we will create a second community hub based on the successful model at Humberston known as The Gingerbread House.”

“We anticipate that all work will be completed by half term in May subject to any unforeseen circumstances.”

East Marsh ward councillor Steve Beasant, who has been a supporter of the Grant Thorold library project, said: “I am really pleased at long last to see the back of this mesh that’s become a local eyesore – it’s blighted our local area. The new offices that will replace this part of the hub will really enhance it and give some employment opportunities for local people.”

The renovations to the library will include, the creation of a new tea/coffee lounge, extra work and seating space, as well as a full refurbishment of the building itself, with the team setting aside provisions for anything else that the community feels is important for the library to provide.

This article is curtesy of Grimsby Telegraph.

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