SEAFORD will get a new library - after plans for the multi million pound scheme were given the go ahead.
The project, which includes the new facility, along with a day care centre and supported living flats for adults with learning difficulties was last week given the thumbs up by East Sussex County Council’s (ESCC) planning committee.
The Friends of Seaford Library have been campaigning for 11 years for a new library, but when the proposals were discussed by Seaford Town Council’s Planning & Highways Committee earlier this month they flagged up concerns over parking problems and issues with the design.
But ESCC, who submitted the application, made the final decision and gave it the green light.
The new facility is due to be open in Autumn next year.
The move will see facilities relocated from Homefield Place. Approval has already been given for a temporary library to be built at the town’s former youth centre Elm Court in Blatchington Road.
Councillor Tony Freebody, Lead Member for Community Services, said, “I’m absolutely delighted that we have been given the green light.
“People in the Seaford area will be getting a brand new library where we can offer them their library services in a wonderful building that will be accessible to all.
“This is another example of the county council’s multi-million pound investment in libraries across East Sussex.”
Councillor Bill Bentley, Lead Member for Adult Social Care, said, “Following the approval of the Planning Committee, we can forge ahead with our plans to upgrade the older people’s day service currently offered at Homefield Place in Seaford.
“This is great news for both the users and carers of our service and for our staff who will transfer over to the new building, once it’s built towards the end of next year.”
Library users, people who use social care services, local councillors, neighbours and the voluntary sector were invited to join in a wide-ranging consultation.
Special ‘drop-in’ sessions were also organised, where local people were able to see the plans, meet the architects and discuss the proposals with council staff.
Seaford MP Norman Baker said, “The go -ahead for a new library in Seaford is good news.
“Having met with Keith Hinkley recently I have also been assured by him that upstairs at the new library will provide a day service, targeted for those with dementia and there will be no diminution of service as a consequence of a move from Homefield Place.
“However, I do accept the continuing concern about the lack of step up, step down provision.”
The current library, in Sutton Park Road, closed last Saturday (January 28), with the new one opening on February 20.
For more information and further details about the development please visit the County Council’s website at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/warwickhouse.