Future of Chiswick Library Uncertain
Proposed plans for the Chiswick Library
/ Barley Mow development on hold as Workspace back out
back to the drawing board for Chiswick Library as the company that
was planning to pay for the development appears to be backing away
from the scheme.
plc. was offering to pay for the construction of a new library facility
on the Dukes Avenue site in return for being allowed to develop
office space above. However many users, including the Friends of
Chiswick Library were unhappy with the design which would have banished
the to the basement level.
Workspace were approached about an alternative scheme which would
site the library on the ground floor they expressed unwillingness
to proceed on this basis.
Library’s facilities and accessibility have been considered inadequate
for some time now by a number of members of our community. With
the Disability Discrimination Act due to come into force in 2004
and the New National Standard for Libraries introduced in 2001 the
need for redevelopment was clear. A Library Review Panel found that
the building is inadequate, there are major access issues and that
the service provided should be brought into line with Hounslow’s
library. Any library not meeting the standards laid down by the
new legislation would need to be closed.
PLC remain the only solution currently on the table although the
council have continued to explore alternative options. The suggestion
by Councillors that a design competition should be held to solicit
new plans has been rejected as unworkable.
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remain concerned by library plans
Friends response to Chiswick Library Development Plan
of Public Meeting and discussion of plans