A MUCH -LOVED local landmark building in Kendal is to get a big cash boost, but the county council has asked you to say how the cash will be spent.

Kendal Library building is to be given £500k of investment from the county council but are leaving the door open for residents to suggest how it should be spent.

A spokesperson from the country council said: "To make sure the building best serves the needs and interests of the local community, we are seeking the public’s help to shape the exciting plans for the Kendal Library building.

"As well as books and everything you would expect from your local library, we are also thinking about how new digital technology could be integrated and how the building could be used more flexibly."

Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities thinks the use of the space is key. She said: “This significant investment into the Kendal Library building will make it a more flexible space, from which we can provide a wide range of services and facilities, as well as the library services that customers already enjoy.

"These changes are very exciting, but we want to make sure we get them right, and we want you to have your say on the changes being proposed. I look forward to reading all your comments soon.”

The council took to social media yesterday to ask the public to complete an online questionnaire by June 27, to provide feedback on the proposed designs.

Once the public consultation has closed, the council said that feedback will be used to reconsider the proposed design, with the final agreed design due to be published in July.

Cllr Janet Willis, Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue, said: “We are committed to putting customers at the heart of everything we do and this project is an exciting step forward to improving our customer offer to the people of Kendal. We want to ensure that our plans truly reflect the needs and aspirations of the local community. That is why it is so important for you to have your say and tell us what you think of our plans.”

Kendal's library building is opposite the Westmorland shopping centre and has disabled access available from Library Road end and from Elephant Yard. Currently there no disabled parking bays at the building but the bus station on Blackhall Road outside is a short walk. The council has reminded residents that they can provide online membership which will let you use a wide range of digital services." The proposed plans have gone live on www.cumbria.gov.uk/kendallibraryredesign