Hounslow Library on the move

Hounslow Council will be moving to its new civic building on the Bath Road in Spring 2019 and Hounslow Library will also be located in this new building

Published: Thursday, 2nd February 2017

Hounslow Council will be moving to its new civic building on the Bath Road in Spring 2019 and Hounslow Library will also be located in this new building.

 

The plan had been for the library to remain in its current home in the Treaty Centre until spring 2019, but it will now move this May into the council’s current civic centre on Lampton Road and stay there until the library and the council make its final move into the new building.

 

The library and a number of associated services currently occupy a significant space in the Treaty Centre for which the Council currently pays for and which  will have to continue to pay for after vacating the space if it cannot find another tenant for it.

 

The Council is delighted that Job Centre Plus has agreed to take over the space. Although Job Centre Plus won’t occupy the Treaty Centre for some time yet, they need to take over the space by the end of May 2017, in order to make changes to it before they can move in.

 

Both parts of this move – the library to the Civic Centre and Job Centre Plus to the Treaty Centre – are subject to planning permission and applications for both are being submitted in the next few days.  

 

 However, subject to planning permission, it is anticipated that the library will be moved during late April/May 2017. It will have to be closed for a period which we will keep to a minimum. More details about the actual date of the move will be issued as soon as it is confirmed.

 

The library’s opening times will remain unchanged once it is in the civic centre. The archive material currently located in the Treaty Centre will also be relocated to the Civic Centre and access to this will remain unchanged.

 

Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “This temporary relocation of Hounslow Library secures a considerable financial saving for the Council over the next few years, while at the same time, ensuring that a very valuable service is kept running and is accessible to residents.

 

“While the move of the library in late April/May will inevitably cause some disruption, we will ensure this is completed as quickly and effectively as possible. Our library opening times will remain unchanged at the Civic Centre.”