Bold Twyford library plans praised by Parish CouncillorsBy Lucy Thorne
December 11, 2012
Ambitious plans for a community hub on the site of an historical village club have been praised by parish councillors.
Campaigners have earmarked Twyford Men’s Club in Wargrave Road as the favoured location for a long-awaited community centre to replace the village’s ageing library.
The plans have been endorsed by councils and community groups in the northern parishes, including Twyford Parish Council, which unanimously voted to send a glowing approval at its meeting last Tuesday.
Councillor Roy Mantel said: “Twyford Parish Council received the proposals for the community hub and wants to give the proposals its full support.
“This facility would be one of great benefit to the village and would serve the whole community of Twyford and the surrounding villages.
“It would secure the future of the Twyford Men’s Club, a facility appreciated by a great many local snooker players.”
The men’s club meets in the old Victorian hall and its leaders say it is ‘crying out for new members’ as it hopes to build on its long-term prospects.
Club secretary David Page did not wish to comment on the plans at this stage.
Campaigners have been battling for more than a decade to replace the library in Polehampton Close, which is said to be too small and has a limited book collection.
Twyford Village Partnership (TVP) committed itself to finding a site in the village centre for a hub that would hold a library, parish offices, IT suite, exhibition centre, small museum, meeting space and Wokingham Borough Council outreach services.
TVP’s plans faced a setback last year when its favoured site in London Road was leased to Tesco.
But the move forced TVP to be more ambitious with its latest plans, drawing wide praise.
Cllr Mantel added: “The enhanced library services will meet the need for many residents and their children in the northern parishes.
“The space for local exhibitions and the meeting space for clubs and societies will help to encourage people to engage with others in the community.
“Twyford Parish Council looks forward to a successful implementation of the scheme.”
Patrick Heather, chairman of TVP, oversaw meetings with stakeholders and architects during the summer and expects to present plans to Wokingham Borough Council in the coming weeks.
He was unavailable for comment due to work commitments overseas.