Pevensey Bay library ‘must be fit for purpose’

Pevensey Bay. Library at corner of Wallsend Road and Richmond Road. February 9th 2013 E07541P SUS-151003-123949001
Pevensey Bay. Library at corner of Wallsend Road and Richmond Road. February 9th 2013 E07541P SUS-151003-123949001

The Friends of Pevensey Bay Library are calling for a facility which is fit for the 21st century following a flood, which resulted in the closure of the library.

Helen Burton, from the Friends of Pevensey Bay Library group, says residents were thanked by the council for their patience in the 
delayed reopening of the 
library several months ago.

Helen said, “Several months later there is still no news as to when the library will re-open.

“But how suitable is this library for the 21st century? The council took out the lease decades ago in the 1960s when the issue of public buildings being accessible to all was seldom on the agenda It has a steep flight of eight steps leading to its basement location and, as is now clearly the case, it is prone to flooding.”

Helen says Pevensey has an elderly population and with it has 440 disability living claimants.

She added, “Back in June, the county council told the Herald that it was actively exploring options for alternative sites but no results of this search have ever been presented for residents to comment upon.”

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said, “We are happy to meet with representatives of the local community to discuss ideas and opportunities.

“However, our focus is on returning library services to the existing library building as soon as possible and talks are continuing with our landlord to find a way to remedy the existing damp problems with the building.

“We do understand people’s frustration and we are doing everything possible to find a solution.”

A temporary library service at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall is available from Monday to Saturday from 10am to noon.

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