Stepps Library and Cultural Centre
The heart of the community
Changes to Stepps Library and Cultural Centre
Committee Report and Amendment: Education and Families Committee, 23 February 2021
NLC has dropped its plan to provide our community with a Library at Buchanan Gate.
The above Report states that ALL spaces (including meeting rooms and library) inside the campus building will be permanently allocated for the sole use of Stepps Primary School and Nursery.
There will be no library provision for our community within the building during the remedial works. During this time NLC is looking to provide a mobile library van and online services to replace our library.
NLC proposes to house a library in a modular unit
when the remedial works are complete.
However, it should be noted that,
in the future and if required, the library unit
will be requisitioned for educational use.
Stepps library and meeting rooms are a vital and highly-utilised resource at the heart of this community. The benefits these facilities bring to all generations, in terms of community cohesion, education, lifelong learning and health and wellbeing cannot be quantified.
The requisitioning of these facilities for Education space (due to the remedial drainage works) and their temporary relocation away from the campus at Stepps Cultural Centre is a significant loss across all generations of the community. Currently, Stepps community remains unaware of the practical outcomes arising from the displacement.
The community council is seeking from NLC a written assurance and timescales of the repatriation of the facilities to Stepps Cultural Centre when the works are complete.
Planning application 20/00530/FUL proposes the temporary relocation of the community library to 7 Buchanan Gate for a two-year period. The community council has commented on this planning application.