Hastings register office to move and library gets a revamp

The register office will be moving to the Town Hall
The register office will be moving to the Town Hall

Hastings register office will be relocating to the Town Hall with the library set for refurbishment, the council announced today (Thursday, July 23).

The East Sussex County Council-run registration service will move from its current base in Bohemia Road instead of next door to the Hastings Library in Claremont.

County council lead member for community services cllr Chris Dowling believes the revised plan offers a cost-effective way of achieving a ‘first class’ library and registration service.

“The revised plans will allow us to provide a new, more central base for the register office, in the very attractive setting of the town hall, a Grade-II listed building, and for this to happen more quickly and at less cost,” he said.

“While we will no longer need to expand the library into the neighbouring building, it will still be completely refurbished and will have around 80 square metres more public space than at present.

“The library will be refurbished to a high specification, which will meet the needs and expectations of the community in Hastings.

“It provides an excellent value-for-money solution which meets all our objectives for the library and registration service, while working together with the borough council to ensure we make the best use of our buildings.”

The plans for the Town Hall were approved by a full meeting of the borough council yesterday while the register office move and revised library refurbishment plan were approved today.

Under the plans, the children’s library, currently based in Robertson Passage, will move to the main library site as originally planned.

Labour county council member for Hastings Braybrooke and Castle division cllr Godfrey Daniel has been a long-time advocate of improved library services for the town.

“While I fully supported the original proposals, I’m convinced the proposed modernisation will deliver what I and others have been calling for – providing new, modern, high quality library services for our town,” he said.

The register office could be up and running in the Town Hall by spring 2016, with the library refurbishment completed early in 2017.

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