Planning permission has been granted for improvements to Ealing Road Library, in Wembley Town Centre, which will increase in size to include a café and space for a community and enterprise hub. Brent Council's Planning Committee gave approval to the scheme last night (Wednesday 14 December).
The new café and community and enterprise hub will support the library in becoming more than just the well-used local library which it currently is, by encouraging new audiences to visit. The community and enterprise hub will help local small businesses and start-ups by offering lower rent, providing a boost to the local economy and linking to work done by Brent to support and secure the future of the local high street.
There are plans for a new forecourt area with performance space which it is hoped will be used for library activities or drama groups and performances. The proposals involve new structures for the café and hub, landscaping to the grounds at the front of the library, replacement of windows and doors, accessible parking spaces for disabled drivers and for cycle parking facilities.
Councillor Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:
"Libraries are a vital part of our communities and are about much more than just borrowing books. These improvements to Ealing Road library will mean that more people from the community will benefit from the activities and services. We will be able to give additional support to small businesses and community groups and I am looking forward to the work being completed."