The Library Service has now confirmed that the planning application for a temporary library went through with no objections. The plan is for the portacabin to be installed during half-term (11th February) onwards. Marjorie Smith of Cambridgeshire Libraries told us, "It may be that we won't be able to start kitting it out until week beginning Feb 25th as the connecting up of electricity and water may have to continue into a 2nd week; but we still hope to be in well before Easter!".
However, one FoSL member pointed out something slightly alarming about the planning application:
'Subject to the receipt of the necessary statutory consents it is intended, if possible, to install the temporary building on the Village College site in mid-February 2013, during half term week. The building is expected to be used until the Morris Wing is rebuilt and ready for re-occupation in 23 months time or sooner.' Apparently this statement is intended to reassure planners that the portacabin will genuinely be a temporary building, and not remain as a long term solution. Whether the library does actually return to the Morris Wing of the Village College will depend on the viability of any alternative options being considered for the development of a community hub, to include the library.