Hall Green Library is identified as being ‘poor condition generally and roof repairs are needed, possible concrete fatigue’ at an estimated cost of £300K.
Kingstanding Library ‘needs complete refurbishment including windows, decoration, lighting, flooring, heating, shelves etc’ again costing an estimated £300k.
The information was taken from an adjusted appraisal of the condition of community libraries in 2011 and is based on outline estimates at that time.
The information was requested by the Libraries campaign following the recent publication of the City Council ‘Developing Successful and Inclusive Communities’ Green Paper.
The Green Paper proposes that the District Committee’s review their local property portfolio’s and where possible close council buildings and integrating local council facilities.
Friends of the Libraries of Birmingham is concerned that the Community Libraries with the most expensive repairs will be most vulnerable for closure by the Council District Committee’s.
Only £236k was allocated in capital for the Community Libraries for 2013-14. This appraisal provides evidence of the neglect and underinvestment in the Community libraries under the present and previous council administrations.
The building and development of the Library of Birmingham Council will cost the City Council over £7m a year in capital charges for the next forty years with the £3m being taken from the Library of Birmingham budget.
The cost of one years capital charges on the Library of Birmingham would more than cover the cost of repairs to the local libraries.
The Library campaign commented:
In the year of the opening of our magnificent new library we call on Councillor Ian Ward to make a commitment to find the capital to repair out local libraries.
Cllr Ward has said that there is a future for libraries and that they should be at the heart of local communities, but that wont be the case if local libraries are closed!
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