We’ve found a printer!

We’ve found a printer!

Great news for a Friday afternoon! Huge thanks to the brilliant Anglia Graphics in Swavesey who’ve agreed to support our The Art of Reading project by printing the hoardings at a significantly reduced price. The project will now cost a total of £2,750 and having raised a magnificent £1,250 from 62 donors, as well as funds from the City Council and other sponsors, we’re just a few hundred pounds short of our target! Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come – one of the stretches of artwork created from some of the children’s drawings by the fantastic Patsy Rathbone! Do help us reach the target by heading to our Crowdfunding page if you haven’t already given!
Our JustGiving Crowdfunding page

We’ve kept the door!

We’ve kept the door!

As agreed the portico from the old building will be reinstated as the entrance to the new facility. The stonework was carefully removed and stored before the main demolition started. Work to clear the site has, however, had to be put on hold at present because more contamination was unexpectedly found beneath the building and removing it needs careful planning.

Press Release – Art of Reading

Press Release – Art of Reading

Press Release
Milton Road Library is a valued and important civic building in this residential area between Chesterton and Arbury. It has recently been demolished as part of a redevelopment plan to create an improved library and community space (with flats above). There will be a much improved garden area as part of this with doors out from the children’s area plus places to sit and plants and trees to enjoy. We plan for it to be inviting and welcoming for all (not just library users).

A number of trees were removed and all have been fully pollarded to clear access. What had been a green and leafy corner passed by hundreds of people each day has become a blank building site surrounded by large hoardings – these will be there until March 2019 at the earliest.

Our plan is for a project that is as joyous and inclusive as possible, involving our youngest members of our communities and their families and educators. Members of the library steering group and artist Jo Tunmer ran a whole day workshop last Friday involving the whole of Milton Road Primary School. In doing so the children were asked:

  • What’s your favourite book/author?
  • Where do you like reading?
  • Where’s the most surprising place you’ve read/been read to?
  • Who is your favourite reading companion? Can you describe them and draw them?
  • Can you describe and draw a fantastical place you would like to read in?

A total of 253 pieces of art were created and elements from them will be included in the new coverings for the hoarding. It is expected that some of the work will also be displayed in the new library when it reopens.

Friends of Milton Road Library plan to work with the County Council and the developers to transform the hoardings around the current building site with some of the drawings, creating a temporary gallery that celebrates the children’s creativity and that everyone can enjoy. To do this we need to raise funds. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/theartofreading

 

Permission granted for the development

Permission granted for the development

After consultation and agreement with local residents, Friends of the Milton Road Library and other stakeholders, revised plans were received and validated by the council’s planning office on 23 November 2016.

“16/2060/FUL | Erection of a mixed-use development comprising a library and community facility at ground floor with seven residential flats on the upper floors (comprising two x 2 bed units and five x 1 bed units) along with cycle parking and associated landscaping, following the demolition of the existing building on site. | Milton Road Library Ascham Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 2BD”

The application was granted permission on 11 August 2017. Details of the application can be viewed on Cambridge Council’s Planning website as application 16/2060/FUL.