Fallowfield was celebrating on Friday 29 July as The Place at Platt Lane was officially handed over to the community following a three year journey.
The story of The Place at Platt Lane has been a long one. When Fallowfield Library was threatened with closure due to budget cuts, the Friends of Fallowfield and One Manchester joined forces and with the support of Manchester City Council made sure this valued community resource was not lost.
To date, 80 volunteers have worked with One Manchester and Manchester City Council to transform the library, making it possible for a wide range of activities, services, educational courses and events to be enjoyed by people of all ages throughout the week, in addition to the library service which is offered 18 hours a week. Since April 2015 it has been visited more 28,000 times.
Dave Power, Group Chief Executive of One Manchester, said:
“The Place at Platt Lane is a fantastic example of how, by working together with communities and other partners, we can find innovative ways to deliver the services our communities need.
“It has been a privilege to not only support the people of Fallowfield in saving their local library but to assist them in widening its services and overall offer, all of which is thanks to the sheer drive and determination of the Friends of Fallowfield. We saw their passion from the very beginning and will continue to do all we can to support the team in ensuring a successful future for the library and the community.”
Since April 2015 it has been visited more than 28,000 times and it is estimated that The Place at Platt Lane has generated almost £1.5 million worth of social value to the community. One Manchester is incredibly proud to have had a part in saving this invaluable community resource.
Visit the website to find out more about what is happening at The Place at Platt Lane, or watch the video below.