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Crosby Civic Hall could be demolished and rebuilt

POPULAR Merseyside arts venue Crosby Civic Hall could be demolished and rebuilt as headquarters for an unnamed UK company.

Blueprint proposals received by Sefton council would see Crosby’s Civic Hall and its adjoining library torn down.

In its place, developers want to construct a “UK headquarters and resource centre” and a “small mixed-use housing development” with car parking spaces.

A replacement community library would also be built within the complex and would be the same size as the current facility.

The developers – who have not been named – approached cash-strapped Sefton council after it announced it could no longer fund the maintenance and day-to-day running of the venue.

The proposals were listed in a council document discussing public consultations held over plans to shut seven Sefton libraries – Ainsdale, Birkdale, Churchtown, Crosby, Aintree, Litherland and Orrell.

Council officer Steve Deakin states in the report: “The proposal would be at a net zero cost to the council and provide a new library facility of an equivalent size to the existing library at a peppercorn rent.”

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