A win for local residents, council confirms repair work at Druids Heath Library will start this week

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Birmingham City Council has announced repair work on the boiler at Druids Heath Library will start this week after months of uncertainty.

The council closed the library back in September 2018 after the building was flooded due to a boiler fault but failed to give any reassurance that repair work would be carried out and the library would reopen.

Being such an important community asset the closure did not go unnoticed and residents quickly stepped in to air their concern and campaign for the reopening of the library.

Residents organised protests outside the library as well as the council house and over 450 signed a petition to call upon the council to carry out repair work and reopen the library.

Image: Druids Heath and Monyhull Forum

In a statement published on the council’s website Councillor Jayne Francis the cabinet member for education, skills and culture, said:

“Our aim has always been to secure the long-term future of Druids Heath library.

“I’m really pleased to confirm that repairs to the library’s heating and hot water system will begin this week. Once this is complete the library will be re-opened as soon as possible following the usual checks, cleaning and the library furniture, equipment and books being put back in place.

“This is great news for the people of Druids Heath and I really appreciate their patience as we looked at all options available within the current very difficult financial climate.

“Like many of our community libraries, we want to see it develop with greater community and partner input so it can operate as a wider more of a community hub as well as a library service.

“We will now work with partners to look at how we can secure a sustainable community facility.”

Sources have told B14 News the repair work will take around two months and is costing over £75,000.