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Housing bonus to fund North Shields library revamp

North Shields
Image caption There are hopes the new centre will bring more visitors into North Shields

A £3.1m revamp of a North Tyneside library is to be funded from a housing scheme, the council has said.

Central Library in North Shields closed in December 2011 due to repeated heating failures and other problems with the building's interior.

Temporary facilities have been set up in the Saville Street business centre.

The council's cabinet has approved the refurbishment of the Northumberland Square building, which will also include a Customer Service Centre.

Due to be completed in 2013, some of the funding will come from the council's New Homes Bonus from the government.

Under the scheme, aimed at easing housing shortages, the government matches the council tax raised on each newly-built house for six years.

North Tyneside elected mayor Linda Arkley said: "Although North Shields has a temporary customer service centre and library, the situation isn't ideal and I'm grateful for everyone's patience.

"This scheme, however, will deliver a modern library, community facilities and a full customer services suite, all under one roof."

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