Plans to relocate Droylsden library

A CONSULTATION has been launched ahead of plans to move a Tameside library. 

Residents are invited to have their say on proposals to relocate Droylsden Library to the adjacent Guardsman Tony Downes House.

Proposals state the facility will be housed in a modern, accessible and affordable premises thanks to time limited government grant funding.

Droylsden Library

Tameside Council wants to know people’s views on the proposals and what their priorities for a relocated library would be – whether that’s computer use and printing facilities, better community spaces, a more accessible layout or something else.

Residents can access  the four week survey, which closes on Wednesday 17 March, at

The existing Droylsden Library building, constructed in 1937, is reported as deteriorating and the rising cost of repairs, a desire to progress with the regeneration of Droylsden Town Centre and the inaccessibility of the library’s “T” shape, three-floor configuration means that a solution for the future of the library is now required.

Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Leanne Feeley, who is responsible for libraries, said: “I know how much people value libraries and this could be an exciting chapter for Droylsden Library – giving it an opportunity to move into a modern, accessible and sustainable location still in the heart of the town centre. We’re keen to hear people’s views on the proposals and what their priorities would be for the facilities on offer, so we can build on previous feedback to ensure that the design of any new library has residents’ priorities in mind. So please do take part in the survey and let us know what you think.”

Guardsman Tony Downes House was named by Tameside Council as part of their “Honour Our Fallen” pledge, in memory of Droylsden resident Tony Downes who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007 serving with the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards.

One Reply to “Plans to relocate Droylsden library”

  1. It is disgusting that they are moving the library out of its custom built building. It is accessible it has a lift which covers the 3 floors. It should be preserved as a matter of pride in our community and heritage. We are becoming faceless as the council runs ramshod over our history.

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