Deal welcomed as Chadderton Library sold

Date published: 11 August 2011

CHADDERTON’S Carnegie library and Edwardian police station have been sold.

The landmark buildings which have been empty for some time will be brought back to life as a training and educational centre creating ten jobs.

They have been bought by Community Skills Development Agency (CSDA) based in Chadderton Way.

The firm provides industry-related training and qualifications in a number of sectors, particularly retail, hospitality and catering.

It works is partnership with Oldham College and Cambridge Regional College and will offer free internet sessions and community services such as job clubs and CV writing classes.

Councillor Dave Hibbert, cabinet member for housing, transport and regeneration, said: “As a Chadderton resident and councillor, I am delighted these important and iconic buildings will once again be brought back into public use — and I am sure residents will share my sentiments.

“Both buildings are of historical importance and are at the heart of the district centre. No one wanted to see them fall into disrepair and become eyesores so these regeneration proposals are a real boost.

“This is good news all round as the sale has generated income for the borough’s council-tax payers and a local company has acquired a new site which will help them grow.”

The Middleton Road library closed when the service moved into Chadderton Wellbeing Centre. The neighbouring police station in Victoria Street was replaced by a new building in Broadgate.

An application has been made to list both buildings.

Wahid Rahman, chief executive of CSDA, said: “During the next 12 months more than 10 new jobs in Chadderton will be created as a direct result of our acquisition of these premises.

“CSDA are very proud to be moving into these buildings and becoming the custodians of these very iconic structures.”

Russell Bernstein, executive director of greater Manchester Police authority, added: “By taking a collaborative approach with Oldham Council to secure the sale of the site, we have once again highlighted the advantages of effective partnership working.”

The sale was welcomed by Chadderton Historical Society.

Secretary Michael Lawson said: “We are very pleased. We are very appreciative of what Councillor Hibbert is doing for regeneration.”

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