Newport's Brynglas House to close as learning venue
9:10am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
ADULT classes are to end at a Newport venue and be moved elsewhere after it was deemed to be surplus to requirements.
Brynglas House, which housed an unstaffed library as well as adult and community learning classes, is expensive to run and maintain and isn’t complaint with rules on disabled access to buildings, according to a council report.
Cllr Debbie Wilcox, cabinet member for leisure and culture in the ruling Labour group, has now declared the building surplus to the requirements of the council’s continuing learning and leisure department.
It means that classes from the site will be provided from other council premises in the city from this month onwards.
The report said that while the house had been a popular centre it's future was limited. As a Grade II listed building, adaptations to the building were difficult and potentially more expensive than other properties.
It is also not fully accessible for disabled learners, while car parking is limited.
“As the centre does not solely serve the Brynglas area but rather is used by students from all across the city, the delivery of learning can be achieved as, if not more effectively from other buildings which are more accessible,” the report reads.
An unstaffed library within Brynglas House will not be able to operate if the house is not used for public access in the future, the report reads.
The library was previously economical to provide as it could be run without additional staffing or premises costs. It was proposed that the library is closed as it would not be affordable to operate as a standalone service point.
However a standalone kitchen used by Independent Living Students will be retained.
One group that had a long term hire arrangement at the building has been relocated to St Julian’s Community Learning and Library Centre.
A short term hire from an Older People’s Group has been relocated to a nearby church.
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