York & North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire primary school and library to join forces

A North Yorkshire library will move onto the same site as a school and children's centre as part of a move to save money.

North Yorkshire County Council said it will create a "community hub" in Woodfield and Bilton, near Harrogate.

Woodfield Community Primary School and Bilton Children's Centre will be joined by the area's volunteer-run library.

The council said it would be a "more cost-effective and efficient use of premises".

Bilton and Woodfield Community Library was threatened with closure in 2010 when the county council cut its budget, but was saved following a consultation and handed over to volunteers last year.

Emily Diamand, chair of the trustees, said: "While I know all our volunteers will be sad to leave the library building on Bilton Lane, we are also really looking forward to having a brand new library at Woodfield."

The school will also be refurbished and brought into a single building as part of the plan.

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