King’s Lynn residents are being asked for their ideas and opinions on a proposed new community hub, to include a library and adult learning service.
The town’s former Argos store has been proposed as a potential site for the facility, to be developed with £6.36million funding from the Towns Fund and Norfolk County Council.
A public consultation was launched on Wednesday on what services the new facility should offer. As well as a library and adult learning, it could also offer employment support, careers and skills advice and a place to pursue hobbies and get online.
Graham Purkins, chairman of the Town Deal Board, said: “The hub will be a flagship facility for the town and there is huge potential for what it could offer. It can provide a one stop shop for services that people want and need in town.
“Whilst we have an outline proposal for the hub, we need the community to help us to shape and determine the detail of what the space will offer.
“This is such an exciting opportunity to bring a modern facility to King’s Lynn, and one that will benefit the community significantly, now and in years to come.”
The library is currently based in the historic Carnegie building, and leaders were at pains to confirm the heritage of the building would be respected and said the building would not be turned into flats.
Graham Middleton, deputy leader of West Norfolk Council, said: “Now is the time to emphasise that there is absolutely no ambition whatsoever for this to be turned into a commercial venture. We want to make sure it really benefits the people of King’s Lynn.”
Graham Plant, deputy leader of Norfolk County Council, added: “Our proposal to move the library and adult learning into the town centre will allow us to provide improved and accessible services which meet the needs of the community all in one place – services which just aren’t feasible in the current building.
“We know how much people value the Carnegie building – as do we too. Which is why we want to reassure the community that any use in the future will recognise and respect the heritage of this important building.”
Mr Plant confirmed the council would continue to care for and curate the historic book collections currently kept in the existing library.
The survey is open until 5pm on December 22 at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FZL85TR or hard copies are available from the library.
There will also be drop-in sessions to share your views on Thursday at the events office at Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place from noon to 2pm; Saturday, December 11 at the library from 10am to noon and at the events office from 2pm to 4pm; and on Thursday, December 16 at the library from 10am to noon.