PLANS for a new 8,000 sq ft library in Altrincham have taken a step forward.

Trafford Council's ruling Conservative Executive agreed to the building of the facility in the heart of Altrincham's Market quarter, on the site of the 1960s extension to the town's existing hospital.

The new library will be built by Citybranch when it acquires the existing hospital site as a part of the move to the new hospital on Railway Street next year, with a long term lease granted to the council.

It will include an exhibition area, a tourist information centre and meeting rooms which can be used by customers and businesses with the necessary IT equipment.

Conservative councillor Alex Williams, who represents Altrincham ward, said: "I'm delighted with this decision. It will mean a fantastic new facility right in the historic market quarter of our town.

“It will make library services in Altrincham even more accessible, while also increasing footfall in the immediate area."