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New chapter for Milton Road Library

Users of the temporary Milton Road Library service at the Roger Ascham Library site are being asked to consider how they’d like their community garden space to look after the new building opens next year.

Users of the temporary Milton Road Library service at the Roger Ascham Library site are being asked to consider how they’d like their community garden space to look after the new building opens next year.

The redevelopment of the Milton Road Library site began in November 2017, with building work beginning in earnest in February 2018 and due to be completed in May 2019.

When the new library opens, the garden will be in its infancy – ready for those who will be using it to shape it for the future.

Although there’s a limited budget for the initial garden, Cambridgeshire County Council is asking library users in the local community to share their ideas, thoughts and visions for how the garden could look in the future as it matures.

Local residents, including children and young people, and community organisations are invited to pop into the mobile library at Roger Ascham to write down and share ideas about how the garden could look. The basic garden plans are on display next to a suggestions board which the community are being asked to contribute to.

Councillor Mathew Shuter, Chair of the County Council’s Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, said: “The new Milton Road Library will be a new, modern and friendly building which will provide not only more space for the library but also a new flexible community meeting space and an accessible garden.

“We want to engage with the local community as much as possible and work together to develop and promote how important the library service is now and for the future.

“It’s the 'go-to' place for information and advice about everything from health and well-being, to learning and employment, as well as somewhere to enjoy, meet others, attend events and get inspiration.

“The new Milton Road Library will be an important addition to our growing network of new and enhanced libraries across the county, and the end result from this garden engagement will be a ‘wish list’ of ideas that can potentially be granted after the new library has opened with the help of external grants and/or fundraising for the garden by the local community.”

A web page documenting the progress of the library and the community engagement can be found here.

Some initial ideas from visitors to the Roger Ascham Library site for the future Milton Road Library garden.


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