Plan for new library and pre-school gets cash boost

Plan for new library and pre-school gets cash boost

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Francis Batt

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Plan for new library and pre-school gets cash boost
Cath Harman and Lilliput Learners

Dreams of a new library in Dedworth  and a new home for a much loved pre-school have finally come true.

On Thursday night Royal Borough cabinet members finally agreed to release £625,000 to pay for the plan.

The new library will be based in the vacant T-shaped building previously used as shared kitchen and dining rooms by Dedworth first and middle schools in Smiths Lane.

The old building will be totally refurbished to provide a shared library for both the schools and the local community.

The new library will also include a community room for Lilliput Learners pre-school, finally enabling it to leave its current, cramped home at the Wolf Lane scout hut.

Lilliput co-ordinator Cath Harman was in Maidenhead Town Hall to hear the scheme get the go-ahead.

She was praised by council deputy leader and cabinet member for adult services Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Maidenhead Riverside) who called her 'an extremely dedicated lady who cares a lot about the community'.

A delighted Cath said that this week's diamond jubilee party at Little Learners would now also celebrate their new home, adding: "As if that is not enough, three of our mothers have had babies in the last week. So we now we have future customers."

The community room to be used by Lilliput Learners will also be available to be used for a range of community activities at evenings and weekends, including additional Xtend Children's Centre sessions and extra adult learning opportunities.

Cllr Simon Dudley, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: "The new library will be more than twice the size of the existing facilities and will offer much greater educational opportunities for local residents to improve their skills and employability prospects – as well as being used by the pupils at both schools on the site."

The contract for the refurbishment and landscaping works has been awarded to Morris and Blunt with work expected to begin on site in mid-August and due to be completed and open for use by the end of January 2013.

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