Issues with the Planning Application.
1. No environmental impact statement. This is of concern as there is no provision for parking, no plans to minimise noise to neighbours or extract fan noise/smell.
2. Disability access is demeaning passing through smoking & service areas.
3. Smoking areas are either in disability access area or close to neighbours/public thoroughfare.
3. Drawings appear to be incomplete with no drawings showing a X-section through proposed library part – a crucial omissions since the chords on the roof trusses over the children's library may prevent the installation of a proposed mezzanine without unacceptable alterations to the Grade II listed building.
4. There are no details of gutters & fascias to the new extension, & little detail of stone walls - colour, finish & coursing).
5. Extract ducts are shown on some but not all drawings – purpose unclear
Comments, can be made to Sheffield Council: http://publicaccess.sheffield.gov.uk/online-applications/
To: Sheffield City Council
Local Voice for the Walkley Carnegie Building
We want the sale of Walkley Carnegie Library Building to be put on hold until all options are considered.
We are asking that:
The people of Walkely have a say in the future of the building.
The people of Sheffield retain the freehold of this historic building
Why is this important?
We believe the sale of the building to a private company (Forum Cafe Bars Ltd) is being rushed without possible alternatives being considered. The local community has not been properly consulted and the sale process has been neither democratic nor transparent.
The building was gifted by Carnegie to serve the people of Walkley.
Once it is sold to a private company it will never again be a public resource - there is no going back. This community resource will be lost forever.
The proposed arrangements have been described as a partnership but wider community voice has been removed. Some local people have voiced their opposition but have been ignored. There has been little or no consultation, little or no information has been made available to the wider community and specific questions about the sale process have not been answered.
It is important that the sale is put on hold until:
1) the community has a say in the future Walkley Carnegie Library building
2) the sale process (removal from public ownership) being followed is documented, made transparent and shared with the community.