Wednesfield Community Hub was officially unveiled to the public today (Friday 11 April, 2014).

The hub is based on Well Lane and is one of a number of similar facilities opening around the city which has brought a range of services together under one roof.

It has been developed by internally remodelling the building which previously housed the library and Wednesfield Community Centre and offers much improved facilities, including a larger community hall, reconfigured meeting spaces, a new refreshment area and revamped adults and children's libraries.

There are also general information services and self service facilities enabling people to borrow and return books both during and outside of the library's staffed opening hours.

The hub, which welcomed its first customers last month, was officially opened today by Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities.

He said: "The new hub gives the people of Wednesfield the chance to access a wide range of community services from under one roof.

"It has proved very popular in its first few weeks of operation, and I look forward to it becoming a focal point of events and activities for the local community.

"I am sure that the improvements will not only increase the customer base of the library but also enable more people to take advantage of the superb community facilities which are run very successfully by Wednesfield Community Association.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has worked hard to develop the hub, including contractors E Mantons, and thank our customers for bearing with us while the work was taking place."

The hub is one of a number of new facilities opening around the city. Pendeford Community Hub welcomed its first customers last week, while Long Knowle was unveiled on Tuesday. The Hub at Ashmore Park is due to open next month, while work on Low Hill Community Hub is now underway and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Councillor Mattu added: "We believe that by bringing important services like our libraries and community centres together under one roof, we can make them more easily accessible to our customers, as well as more cost effective for the council.

"This is especially important because the council is facing an unprecedented financial challenge - developing these community hubs has enabled us to protect our library and community services as much as we possibly can."

The library at Wednesfield Community Hub is open on Mondays from 12pm to 7pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 1pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Customers can also return, borrow and renew books using the self service facilities at other times when the community hub is open.

  • released: Friday 11 April, 2014