Full details revealed for new £1.2m library and wellbeing hub in North Lincolnshire

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 17 Jan 2018

Full details have been revealed for a £1.2m library and wellbeing hub for residents in a North Lincolnshire.

Plans have been submitted for the development at Baysgarth Leisure Centre, in Barton-Upon-Humber, by North Lincolnshire Council.

As previously reported, the project will create around 20 construction jobs and could start as early as summer 2018.

The move will see the library and local link, currently based at Providence House, relocate to the leisure centre, along with the Health and Wellbeing Hub and Barton Adult Community Learning Centre.

The plans say: "The proposal is to build a new single store extension to the north of the existing Baysgarth Leisure Centre. The aim is to rationalise a number of existing building and facilities located within Barton and rehome the services within the new extension.

"This will include bringing a range of complementary public services together into one location at Baysgarth Leisure Centre. The building will home a new wellbeing hub, children's library, action station, training and meeting rooms, toilets and associated external works."

The local authority say the proposal will "rationalise the number of buildings in which services are located in the Barton locality".

The plans go on to say: "This will include bringing a range of complementary public facing services together into one location at Baysgarth Leisure Centre.

"The properties being considered for relocation are Providence House, The Willows Bungalow and Tofts Road Day Centre. Tofts Road is the existing community wellbeing hub providing advice and support for vulnerable adults in North Lincolnshire. Transport to get to the local wellbeing hub is accessed by the local flexible Call Connect bus service.


Baysgarth Leisure Centre (Image: Katie Lunn)

"Activities at Tofts Road include coffee and quiz, cook and eat, signing for the brain, memory cafe, craft and create, coffee and social, community bingo, chair-based exercise and Wii games.

"Providence House is an existing local link building providing advice, information and access to all council services, help with completing online forms, a customer drop-off point where you can receive information to support access to service applications and a full range of library services, including access to People’s Network computers.

"There is also a range of specialist surgeries at certain times throughout the week. The Willows Bungalow is a day care and respite centre, catering for people with Dementia and Alzheimer's.

"The proposed development is to be called the Barton Wellbeing Hub and will provide a new building extension which will bring a range of complementary public facing services together into one location at the Baysgarth Leisure Centre.

"The new building will house a library and a children's library, an action station and self-help centre and a wellbeing hub based around adult care, which will include training and meeting rooms, a training kitchen, an interview room and a sensory room.

"The extension will include a new staff office and staff room, toilets and accessible toilets. As part of the development, there will be some internal alterations and additions to the existing Baysgarth Leisure Centre. This will include the formations of an access link between the centre foyer of the leisure centre and the new hub.

"There will be alterations made to provide a foot clinic, changing places and alterations to the main foyer and reception to include a self-help area, children’s reading area and cafe area."

If given the go-ahead, the hub will open from 7am to 10pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.30pm on Saturday and 8.30am to 6.15pm on Sunday and Bank Holidays.



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