Plans to revamp Knowle Library's courtyard set to go on show to public - The Solihull Observer

Plans to revamp Knowle Library's courtyard set to go on show to public

Solihull Editorial 30th Nov, 2018 Updated: 30th Nov, 2018   0

PLANS to give Knowle Library’s courtyard a new lease of life will go on display tomorrow (Saturday).

The project to transform the courtyard with its uneven paths into ‘an attractive relaxation space’ has been designed by the council who have worked in partnership with the Knowle Society.

The council’s Building Design Group was asked to draw up a scheme to turn the courtyard into a “clean, serene and understated space”.

The proposals will be on show in the High Street library from December 1 to 15.

Residents can view the plans on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10am until 5pm, Thursday from 10am until 6pm and Saturday from 10 until 3pm.

On December 8, from 10am until 1pm, members of the Knowle Society and library staff will be on hand to talk to local people and library users about the plans.

The partners plan to submit a bid for Heritage Lottery funding to pay for the scheme and have already started the process by sending in an expression of interest.

Andrew Marston, chairman of the Knowle Society, said: “We have spent a long time working on these proposals and feel they will not only create an inspiring new space outside the Library to relax, but also allow the wonderful old building to be fully appreciated.

“I hope local people and Library users will get behind the scheme so that we are confident of local support before we submit the final bid to the Heritage Lottery fund.”

Councillor Joe Tildesley, cabinet member for leisure, tourism and sport, said: “The Knowle Society and the Knowle Library team are really excited about the plans for the Courtyard.

“Now it’s time for all our library users, visitors and local residents to see these draft designs and hopefully get behind the project.

“I do hope people will take the time to look at the designs, leave any feedback they have, but more importantly express their support for the scheme or even get involved.

“We need to demonstrate local support before we put in a bid.”

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