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Woking Library occupies a central position on the town’s main square. Recently Woking councillors approved a planning application, despite some objections, that would allow a restaurant to occupy the library’s front entrance. The argument put forward was that this would put new life into a central area of Woking, as part of council officers’ determined plan to update the town.  But this plan is not yet a done deal – inasmuch as Surrey county council, which owns the library, has not so far agreed to being shunted round to a side entrance.  They may have to redesign the library to accommodate such a switch, and would accordingly require some facilitating money from Woking council, which already has debts of more than £200m.  Watch this space: I may be wrong, but this could develop into quite a row.

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