Cambridgeshire

Sawston's fire-hit library given £1.25m rebuild grant

Fire at Sawston Village College Image copyright Cambs Fire Service
Image caption Students were evacuated from Sawston Village College after a fire broke out at the library

More than £1m has been offered to rebuild a public library at a Cambridgeshire college that was destroyed by fire.

The library at Sawston Village College was gutted by a blaze in 2012.

Cambridgeshire County Council approved £1.25m towards the rebuild in its latest budget, which will also see a new "community hub" built on the site.

Steve Count, cabinet member for resources and performance, said it was "fantastic" to have secured the money.

The fire was in the oldest part of the school and affected the entire library, with eight fire crews unable to save it.

A temporary library opened at the college last March, but plans for the new permanent building also hope to include "multi-purpose rooms" for community use.

Mr Count said: "We've been working hard for the last year to secure a replacement for the library and it's fantastic news that we now have the opportunity to create a community space which will offer so much more than just a library service."

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