Building work has commenced at Trentham Academy in Stoke-on-Trent to provide a new community hub and library for the use of students and local residents.
The previous community space and library for the Trentham area of the city was closed in 2013.
Five years on, and after a campaign by residents and local councillors Terence Follows and Daniel Jellyman, ground has been broken on the £350,000 facility which should be completed by the spring.
The hub is being built on a section of car park at the Trentham Academy school, which itself had been under threat of closure in recent years. The building will not only contain meeting space but also a new library which will be for the use of pupils and local residents.
The current volunteer led library service, which is based out of Trentham Mews Medical Centre will move into the hub once it has been completed, and the volunteers will continue to help run it with financial assistance, where necessary, from the council.
Pupils of the school will get access to the library during the day, and services will be available to the wider community outside of teaching hours.