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23rd February 2019

Westbourne Library given face-lift


The Friends of Westbourne Library (FWL) & Broomhill Pool Trust (BPT) have been busy enhancing two of the town’s valued but endangered assets.

The Friends of Westbourne Library has just completed a project to repaint Westbourne Library. The “make over” was carried out at no cost to taxpayers, using materials purchased with funds raised from the recent FWL & BPT “Broomhill fete”. All unsightly graffiti has been removed, and the Library has been restored to its original white. The library and pool are we’re both built simultaneously in 1938. The library is believed to be the only former WW2 decontamination unit in the country being used as a public library (converted in 1948).

The Friends of Westbourne Library are playing a key role, working very hard behind the scenes to find, and shape, a long term solution to save all Ipswich Libraries.

Garath Jones has been working with (Suffolk Probationary Services) “Community Payback” team for this years clean up of Grade II listed Broomhill Pool. BPT member, and FWL Chairman, Garath, is a trained horticulturalist, and has given his skills & time freely to specifically revamp the front entrance borders.

Garath has redesigned the borders with a Mediterranean feel, using white chippings and natural grasses. The borders are visible from the roadside so the pleasing result makes a positive difference to the local area. Community Payback teams have been working hard throughout the spring & summer to tidy the pool grounds, repaint the buildings and to clear litter. Community Payback works are arranged by the Trust with virtually no cost to local taxpayers. All materials were paid for by the Trust from its campaign funds.

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