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19th November 2017

Westbourne Library asks for your views


Suffolk Libraries is supporting The Friends of Westbourne Library to consult with customers over a potential name change for the library.

Westbourne Library is in Sherrington Road in Ipswich near Broomhill Park and Broomhill swimming pool. The Friends group have suggested that changing the name of the library to ‘Broomhill Library’ would be more representative of the local community and help to strengthen its identity and reach out to more potential customers in Ipswich and beyond.
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The proposed change is being supported by Suffolk Libraries and Suffolk County Council and a consultation exercise is being carried out to see what local people think.

The consultation will run until 4 January 2015. People can fill in a voting slip available from the library or complete a simple online survey online at www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/westbourne-library-name-change-consultation/

Some information about the area and the library which might be of interest:

The Westbourne Library name originates from the original pre-1948 library on Richmond Road.
Broomhill was the political ward name for many years and is the name of the park behind the library.
The library and Broomhill Swimming Pool were built in the same style by county-borough engineer E McLaughlin. The buildings are both grade II listed and both have WW2 history. English Heritage have stressed the significance and rarity of two sister buildings of this style and period.
The Friends of Westbourne Library formed to support the library in 2011 and have helped library staff to organise and host summer fetes, Christmas fairs and Heritage open days.

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