Monthly Archives: May 2015

Carnegie Building, College road


From Chair of FOCAL Graham Winkles


Crosby residents will be given an update on how plans to find a new use for the town’s Carnegie Library are progressing at an event early next month.

The consultation evening will be held at the Plaza Community Cinema from 7.00 – 8.00pm on Tuesday June 9th.

The event is being organised by Bootle-based Regenerus and the Friends of Carnegie Library (FOCAL) who unveiled plans to work together on developing proposals for the historic building last September.

Guests at the event will be able to watch a film made at the main library consultation days in December, and hear the detailed results of a survey on what activities local people would like the 1905 architectural gem used for.

They will also be able to view some initial designs on how such activities could be accommodated within the building.

Previous consultation events have shown there is overwhelming support in Crosby for preserving the Carnegie for use by the local community.

Early survey results revealed there is strong demand for a wide range of services including study and family learning facilities, adult education, local history sessions and meeting space.

In addition, there is a call for health and well-being classes and support, money advice, film and music clubs, vintage fairs and even hot-desking facilities for small businesses.

Regenerus Chief Executive, Cate Murphy, commented: “A considerable amount of work has now been done on coming up with an action plan for the building, and this event will enable us to tell local people about the progress that has been made to date.

“We want as many residents as possible to come along to the Plaza next month and give us their views on the ideas, plans and designs that are currently being put forward.

“What has been very clear from previous consultations is that the Carnegie Library has a special place in the hearts of Crosby residents, and this event is their opportunity to shape its future,” added Ms Murphy.

* Because seats at the Plaza are limited residents are asked to register their attendance in advance by ringing Donna Dutton at Regenerus on 0151 934 2637 or emailing her on