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What happens with the library and other Devon County Council buildings in Tavistock?

The library is a relatively new building in a good position near the town centre, offering a range of services. The future model of the County’s library service is currently out for consultation, and the proposal for Tavistock is for a Devon Centre model. You can find out more about this on the Council’s Tough choices website.

All other Council buildings in the Tavistock area, together with every other DCC property, will be considered over time as part of the wider Estate Strategy.

Will these plans be affected by the outcomes of the reviews currently taking place over the future of youth service and day service provision?

These reviews are about service provision rather than the future of buildings and the work scheduled for Abbey Rise will continue regardless of the outcomes of the reviews.

What happens to the services while the work is taking place?

For the work to be carried out with the minimum disruption and in the shortest time, all staff and services will need to move out of Abbey Rise. For the duration of the work they will operate from other County Council buildings in Tavistock, or flexibly in other locations.

How long will the work take?

Approximately 18 weeks.

Who will carry out the work?

Construction and Infrastructure company Morgan Sindall has been appointed to complete transformation of the Abbey Rise building in Tavistock.

When will work be completed?

The work is being carried out now and the project is due to be completed by the end of spring 2016.

Is there a consultation period?

Once submitted and we have confirmation that the plans have been validated, the statutory 21 day consultation period will begin.

Are the plans available online?

Once the plans are completed they will be available via the County Council’s planning planning pages.

Will there be many changes to the layout of the building at Abbey Rise?

There will be open plan offices on the first floor, while the ground floor will provide improved facilities for a range of community activities, dedicated areas for people with learning disabilities, a contact suite for children in care, and a Changing Places facility.

There will also be a new, central entrance to provide easier access to services, a new outdoor area, and space for a minibus.

All of this work is subject to planning permission.

What is happening to the scrap store?

The Scrap Store is run by the local community who have formed a committee and are currently looking for premises to store stock which is currently at Molly Owen.

The County’s Learning Disability Service has supported the group by gifting stock and shelving, and offering help and advice, and there will still be opportunities for people supported by the Learning Disability Service to get involved.

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