A FORMER library will be transformed into a new company that will prove a boost to new families.
And it has been revealed that option was chosen over an approach to turn the facility next to Audenshaw’s Ryecroft Hall into a takeaway.
A total of five proposals were tabled to agents Breakey and Nuttall, who were marketing the library, plus a side building, for rent on behalf of Tameside Council at a value of about £30,000 a year.
Almost all were to convert it into childcare facilities but the winning option is to house a new company called Bump to Beyond, which will help couples during pregnancy and offer support and advice once the baby is born.
The main building was most recently used as the base for the A Bed Every Night scheme which provides beds for homeless people.
As well as the main old library building comes the building to the side, which housed a kitchen.
On top of the rent will come a rateable value of £13,250 and according to the legal documents: “The property is available for a term to be agreed on a full repairing and insuring basis.
“The tenant will reimburse the landlord for the cost of annual buildings insurance.”
People living close to Ryecroft Hall backed a nursery taking the library on but were unhappy at the fact it said parking is mostly done on the street.
The Ryecroft Hall Community Association said on Facebook: “Please remember the hall itself is a fabulous community hub already once we are allowed to open again.”