Green light for new community and business space at Lymm Library
- Category: Libraries
- Published: 24 July 2018
Lymm Library building set to receive a new community area.
Lymm Library building is set to receive a new community area this Autumn after green light given by Warrington Borough Council.
Lymm Sanctuary Hub
Named ‘Lymm Sanctuary Hub’, the space will cater for community group activities as well as small and start-up businesses
An exciting new community and business space is set to open in Lymm after a proposal from the Sanctuary Hub Working Group in Lymm gained the backing of leisure, libraries and lifestyle provider, LiveWire.
The space, which will be named ‘Lymm Sanctuary Hub’, will be located adjacent to Lymm Library and is a new initiative to provide a location for local community groups as well as small businesses to base themselves.
The hub, which recently received approval from Warrington Borough Council, will provide a range of community services and activities supporting those with special needs including the elderly and vulnerable members of the public.
As part of the initiative, Lymm Business Centre will also be set up which will provide flexible working space and support services affordable to small/micro businesses and home workers. This will enable local businesses to flourish, grow and contribute more to the community.
The new hub comes as a result of a Redeeming Our Communities event held at Lymm High School which was attended 120 members of the community.
The event, attended by the High Sheriff of Cheshire and the Mayor of Warrington, identified a range of groups in the community with needs that are not being catered for sufficiently. It also found that there was no central area in the community where information and support could be accessed for these groups and other community activities.
As a result, the Sanctuary Hub Working Group was formed to manage the project, conduct a consultation process and develop the business plan. LiveWire has – and will continue to – work with the group consisting of; Sanctuary Café Lymm, Churches Together Lymm, Redeeming Our Communities Lymm, Friends of Lymm Library and the Colony Networking Group.
Cheryl Siddall at LiveWire said: “We’re incredibly excited to be working with the Sanctuary Hub Working Group and the council to deliver a brand new community and business space in the Lymm Library building.
“This is testament to the efforts of the local community and businesses, who have come together and addressed a specific need within their local area. We’re hoping that giving local groups and businesses a central location to meet and work in Lymm will help encourage an even stronger sense of community in the area.”
Richard Pearce of the Lymm Sanctuary Hub Working Group said: “Lymm Sanctuary Hub will not only provide support, resources and activities for a whole range of community services, but also act as a fantastic base for small businesses to prosper. In doing so, the Hub will generate employment, volunteering and work experience opportunities for the community.
“We have secured funding for the start-up costs of the Hub but are still seeking additional funds for the development of specific services and the associated resources”.
Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins, said: “The Sanctuary Hub will be a wonderful addition to Lymm library and is another fantastic example of the work we are doing to safeguard and modernise our libraries service.
“I’m looking forward to the hub making a real difference to local people, bringing residents together and serving as a focal point for a range of businesses and community groups.”
The Hub will be based in the Annexe to Lymm Library which is located next to the Sanctuary Café and close to the centre of Lymm. It is expected that the hub will be opened to the community and businesses this Autumn.
Eleanor Blackburn, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Commissioning at Warrington Borough Council, Cheryl Siddal, People, Performance and Resources Director at LiveWire, Richard Pearce of Lymm Sanctuary Hub Working Group, Kirsty James, owner of Colony Networking Group.