More work is needed before Pear Tree Library can re-open.

The Council’s property team carried out a condition survey of the listed building in August last year. It identified an issue with the ceiling and recommended core samples to be taken to establish the type and condition of the roof covering. Samples could not be taken at the time as scaffolding was needed to provide safe access.

Councillor Mick Barker, Cabinet Member for Governance and Licencing:

“Pear Tree Library is part of the statutory Library offer and we will be working hard with officers to come up with a solution during the roll out period of the Community Managed Libraries.

“We are looking at all the options, making the building safe in the short term and looking for a long-term solution.

“At the moment it is too early to say what the solution is and how much it will cost.”

Contractors were able to take samples while Pear Tree Library was temporarily closed for improvement and maintenance works. The samples and further investigatory work now show that the flat concrete roof structure is failing.

Work is now underway to identify the best short term solution. Options to temporarily re-open the building or find alternative temporary accommodation for the Library are both being looked at. It is likely to take a couple of months to explore these.

It is expected to take a number of months to identify the best long term solution and that solution is likely to cost a considerable amount of money.

We apologise for the ongoing disruption to our customers and will be working hard to resolve these problems. The latest information can be found at on In Derby.