Aura Wales, in partnership with Flintshire County Council, has announced plans to refurbish and transform Flint Library to make it a more flexible space to benefit the community. Aura Wales was recently delighted to secure £300,000 of funding for improvement works at Flint Library through a successful capital grant application to the Welsh Government’s Museums, Archives and Libraries Division (MALD). In addition to the £300,000, both Aura Wales and Flintshire Country Council will also contribute to the development, totalling £360,000 in new investment.
The work will commence on Monday 16th September with the newly refurbished library reopening to the community in January 2020. During the period of refurbishment a temporary library facility will be available in Jade Jones Pavilion to ensure that local residents are still able to access the valuable resources and activities that the library offers. The temporary library facility at Jade Jones Pavilion will be available during normal leisure centre opening hours and library staff will be on hand to help during normal library hours each day.
The transformation of Flint Library will include a community kitchen, a heritage exhibition area and space for a community garden. The current training rooms and main library will also be redesigned and transformed in order to create more flexible community spaces. By incorporating these changes, the development will provide a well-being hub, aiding us in achieving our purpose of helping the community through the provision of culture and leisure opportunities that improve mental health and physical well-being.
The library will be refurbished and modernised to include self-service machines and updated ICT and digital services. The development’s design will also highlight Aura’s commitment to becoming a Dementia Friendly organisation.
A current library user said “As a Flint resident, I am really excited about the new development at Flint Library. I use the Library regularly as it is and am especially looking forward to getting involved with the community garden”.
Flint Town Councillor Michelle Perfect, expressed her enthusiasm about the funding, saying: “This is a really positive development and much welcomed investment into Flint Library. This funding will make the library into a vibrant hub for the whole of the town and I look forward to seeing its potential being realised.”
Library Manager, Susannah Hill, similarly expressed her excitement about the development, commenting: “The library transformation will enable us to deliver our services in new ways and offer much more to the Flint community. The library will become a more modern and flexible space to explore stories and information and allow us to offer a variety of activities and events for everyone.”
The refurbishment of Flint Library represents an exciting new opportunity for Aura Leisure and Libraries Limited as we continue our mission as a not-for-profit organisation; ‘to benefit the community by improving quality of life through the provision of culture and leisure opportunities that improve mental health and physical well-being.”
During the refurbishment please remember you can use our library facilities in Broughton, Buckley, Connah’s Quay, Deeside, Holywell, Mold and also our Mobile Service as well as the service being offered from Jade Jones Pavilion.
You can also access our library service online 24 hours a day.
For more information please contact Susannah Hill 01352 704404 or Susannah.Hill@aura.wales