SAVE OUR LIBRARY SITE (SOLS)
Burley Parish Council are currently considering the various options facing the future of both the Queen's Hall and the Library as part of the overall asset transfer to the village proposed by Bradford Council to reduce their costs.
One of the current options being considered for the Library is for the Parish Council to obtain the freehold of the Library site and then use the proceeds of any sale to provide a library and fund improvements in the Queen's Hall.
As a group of Burley residents we are strongly opposed to the sale of the library site situated on Grange Road.
Whilst we understand that the current building requires modification and modernisation we consider that this could be undertaken to provide a valuable location for a community site including a library, meeting rooms, public toilets, activity room, archive office and refreshment facilities.
The cost of any improvements to the library building could be phased over 3 to 5 years and funded by a small increase in the precept, monies received from new housing development and low interest public loan funding.
The current site and building is in the centre of the village, close to the Park, Schools and other amenities. It can be improved and adapted to provide a modern, light and airy building.
At a time when it is likely that the village will be expanding with new housing developments the possible sale of a valuable village site would be a short term retrograde step.
The Queen's Hall is a Victorian structure, quite dark inside and it is used for village functions, sports and exercise activities and is not as readily accessible to the schools. A library in the Queen's Hall could considerably limit its use for such activities in the future.
We believe that the current Library site on Grange Road should not be sold, but retained by the village as a community facility.
BURLEY NEEDS BOTH
This group (SOLS) has been formed in order to ensure that this crucial topic is discussed in more detail by the Burley Parish Council, and that the villagers' views are recognised and respected.
For an indication of how the present library building could be re-modelled and better utilised, see under the "Upgrade" button on the above menu.