Council fits up leisure centre for new library

Peterlee Library could be on the move.
Peterlee Library could be on the move.

People could exercise their minds as well as their bodies as a proposal is put forward to create a library inside a leisure centre.

The £1million project has been drawn up by Durham County Council to improve provision in Peterlee.

Peterlee Leisure Centre.

Peterlee Leisure Centre.

It was to get a new base as part of the 2011 plan to build a Tesco on the site of the library and connected former East Durham College in Burnhope Way, but the company has shelved the development and has said the land is for sale.

Tesco has previously come in for criticism for allowing the boarded-up college building to become a target of vandals.

Now the council has applied to planners to relocate to the leisure centre off Bede Way.

Plans show it could go inside an area closest to St Aidan’s Way, which leads to the town’s court and police station.

As well as looking at practical delivery issues, we are assembling funding from private and public sources to help deliver this £1million project.

Stephen Howell

Stephen Howell, the council’s head of culture and sport, said: “The council is moving forward with its plan to improve library provision in Peterlee.

“Given the recent successful co-locations of our libraries into Stanley and Newton Aycliffe leisure centres, we are now considering this option for Peterlee.

“As well as looking at practical delivery issues, we are assembling funding from private and public sources to help deliver this £1million project.

“It is our intention to keep local people informed as the project progresses.”

Peterlee Town Council has said it supports the relocation, as it would allow the demolition of the Burnhope Road buildings, but feels there are more suitable places than the leisure centre, where parking is an issue.