Barwell Council seeking views on potential new library

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 11 January 2021

BARWELL PARISH Council are seeking views from residents on if bringing a potential new library or community hub back into the village would be a welcome addition once again.


The Parish Council wants to hear villagers views on whether the newly-proposed library or community hub would be welcomed and what they might like to see in such a space if it is.

The consultation is being conducted by the Voluntary Sector Working Group at Barwell Parish Council, with the potential of seeking funding to provide the new facility if residents feel it is one that is welcomed and would be well-used.

The village was once home to a library, which closed in 2015 despite the hard work of local campaigners who campaigned to try and keep it open.

One of the campaigners who tried to keep the doors to the library open all those years ago was Leicestershire-based sci-fi author Stewart Bint.

Residents are being asked to contact the authority with their views towards the recently-discussed plans on the facility by the middle of this month.

Those wanting to voice their opinions on the matter should email their comments over to the Parish Council’s email at

Councillor Mathew Hulbert, Chair of the Voluntary Sector Working Group, said: “We’re really keen to hear from residents on what they’d want from a new library or community hub in the village. Indeed, if they think we need one.

“Would a smart hub, with computers which can be used by jobseekers, for example, be better than a more traditional library space with lots of books?

“Or would you maybe like to see a book swap service? What other services or activities might you like to see from such a space?

“If a library or community hub was brought back to the village, would you be prepared to volunteer? If so, what would you be happy to do?

“Please get in touch with your views, as we’ll base our future decisions on this in significant part on what we hear from local people.

“Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your say.”

One thought on “Barwell Council seeking views on potential new library

  1. I would very much like to see a library return so that children can have free access to books and other learning media and older people have someone to meet up with friends for a cuppa and pick up their next book. Being able to socialise is important for us all and a not for profit cafe would be welcomed I am sure. If there was space for reading groups and kids story sessions this would be great.

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