Praise as new €500k library plan goes on public display

by Sylvia Pownall

Plans to upgrade Skerries Library and extend it to 10,000sq ft are now on public display and have been welcomed by local councillors.

The €500,000 project has now reached the consultation stage with detailed plans and artist’s impressions available to view at the library until September 10.

Included in the refurbishment scheme is an extended library and meeting rooms on three floors, new granite and limestone paving, five new trees and public lighting.

Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG) said: “This will be a super landmark community facility in Skerries in a very much improved public realm setting.

“This is an exciting project for Skerries and represents a major investment in the town by Fingal County Council.”

He also welcomed the “regularisation of the chaotic parking on the footpaths” outside the library at Floraville, having received complaints from concerned parents.

According to Green Party Cllr Joe O’Brien, people-power is behind the new library vision, with a budget which has increased five-fold.

He said: “As a big fan of the library service, and as someone who has campaigned for greater public involvement in the development of our library, I am encouraging people to get involved again in making this exciting plan even better.”

In 2014, Cllr O’Brien campaigned for a participatory budget, handing out leaflets at the train station and writing to the council’s chief executive.

The budgeting process remained unchanged, but the council agreed to run a public consultation process, with 247 responses, resulting in more space and more capital funding.

Cllr O’Brien said: “Last week saw a big step in the community’s vision for their library being fulfilled with the publication of planning documents for the refurbished library.

“You can see from the plans that public involvement has been central to creating this vision of the library, which sees much more space for library users.

“I would impress upon people that this current impressive vision can still benefit from the community’s ideas and suggestions, so please have a look and send in your thoughts.”

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