Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet has today (Thursday) agreed to pause the project to relocate Hereford Library so that all options for its future location can be reviewed and assessed.

The library is moving to allow the building in Broad Street to be redeveloped into a modern museum and art gallery.

The plan was to move it to Maylord Orchards shopping centre, which the council now own. But, since the idea was first mooted in 2020, the council say there have been changes in demand for retail and commercial space, the draft Hereford City Masterplan has identified a wide range of future needs for sites in the city centre, and alternative locations have become available for redevelopment.


Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member community services and assets, said: “As part of plans to develop a strategy for city-wide rejuvenation, the new council administration is taking the opportunity to review the options for the relocation of Hereford library.

"We want to ensure it really is in the best place so that it can reach its full potential as a first class learning environment.

“The exciting project to transform the museum at Broad St is progressing, so both the library and museum service will be moving out to allow the refurbishment work to take place. Hereford Library will be temporarily based at Friars Street until moving into its permanent new home.”

The decision can be read here. 

The review is expected to be completed by the end of the end of next month.


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