What’s planned for St Augustine’s Community Centre and Library?

Thu 21 Mar 2019

In November last year Derby City Council announced it was to relocate Pear Tree Library to St Augustine’s Community Centre to create a community hub.

Since then, a great deal of work has taken place to ensure the people of Pear Tree and Normanton have a vibrant hub for learning, socialising and much more. This hub would not only offer library and community amenities but also additional facilities provided by the Council such as children’s services.

The library will be known as ‘Normanton Library’ with the existing community centre, which houses it retaining its name: ‘St Augustine’s Community Centre’.

The building itself will benefit from reconfigured entrances for ease of access, a new kitchen and toilets, as well as the brand new library. The upstairs of the building, which has lift access, boasts a stage and floor area which is perfect for community groups, classes and private events.

The library will be an integral part of the community centre, specialising in foreign language books as well as having existing book stock from Pear Tree library and some newly released titles.

In addition, Normanton Library will maintain the increased opening hours announced in 2017.

Councillor Grimadell, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, shares his enthusiasm about the development:

“We have worked closely with the fantastic group of Trustees at St Augustine’s Community Centre to develop plans which will provide the community with a wide range of services. It is hoped that once the refurbishment is complete, it’ll attract a wide range of social and community groups which will make the centre their home.

“The library is a brilliant addition to the centre and we are sure the community of Normanton and beyond will benefit from the building’s refurbishment, the library and a hub of services brought together”.