Library and children’s centre opens in Yatton


The new Yatton Library and Children’s Centre has opened.

Alterations have been made to the library in the High Street to enable Yatton Moor Children’s Centre, previously based at Yatton Infant School, to move into the refurbished building.

The work has included infilling the mezzanine floor, making the upper floor more accessible with new office and meeting spaces, making improvements to the lift and creating new outdoor and indoor play space for children’s activities.

The new library and children’s centre opened its doors at 9.30am on Tuesday 29 August.

The children’s centre opening hours are 9am-3.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The library is open from 9.30am-5pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (10am on the first Tuesday of the month) and 9.30am-1pm Saturday.

The library’s opening hours will be extended later this year when a self-service swipe card system is introduced giving users greater access in the evenings and at weekends.

While building work was taking place the mobile library stopped at Hangstones Pavilion in Stowey Road, Yatton every Thursday morning. This has now ended.

The Yatton Parish Council office, temporarily based at Hangstones Pavilion during the works, will move back into the library and children’s centre in September.

Providing both library and children’s centre services on the same site in Yatton is part of North Somerset Council’s Community Access Review, a major review of the buildings and services run by the council in the community.

It’s the third joint library and children’s centre to open in North Somerset this month, following on from Worle and Pill.

Key stakeholders were invited to preview visits giving them an opportunity to have a look round the site before it officially opened.

Now it is open anyone who may need assistance in familiarising themselves with the layout of the building can contact staff to arrange a visit during a quieter time. They can do this by ringing 01934 426 100 (library) or 01934 426 633 (children’s centre).

More information about the Community Access Review can be found on the council’s website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/car.