PLANS for a new library in Prestatyn have moved a step closer thanks to news of a successful funding bid.
Denbighshire County Council had its application for £300,000 of funding from the Welsh Government museums, archives and libraries section CyMAL accepted – one of only two projects given maximum funding from the £1.2 million package announced.
“The current library on Nant Hall Road is certainly not fit for purpose and would need substantial investment to bring its condition up to modern day standards,” said Jamie Groves, Denbighshire’s Head of Communications, Marketing and Leisure.
“Refurbishing the building is not a viable option and we considered a number of locations for the proposed new facility, but the building on Kings Avenue is by far the best option.”
The proposed Kings Avenue premises is home to a mix of light industrial and commercial units.
“This proposed development will complement other facilities and services already being offered in the town,” said Mr Groves.
“However, we have always been mindful of the need to provide a quality alternative offer to the current tenants and we are pleased that the tenants of Kings Avenue have engaged with us and that discussions are progressing.”
Ann Waller, who runs 1st Class Clothes in Prestatyn, which manufactures bespoke school clothing, said: “1st Class Clothes will continue to occupy Unit 2, 21 Kings Avenue until such time as they relocate to new premises in the town.
“I am happy to co-operate with Denbighshire County Council, to ensure moving the town’s library to 21 Kings Avenue is to everyone’s benefit. 1st Class Clothes retail shop at the bottom of Prestatyn High Street will be unaffected and customers are welcome to shop for school uniform for all local schools as usual.”
Mr Groves added: “What we want is a brand new modern facility providing a library, learning, information and advice centre for use by the whole community.
“We have consulted extensively on these proposals and there is a lot of support locally for a modern facility that will provide a service for Prestatyn and surrounding communities that is fit for purpose in the 21st century.”