Library plan given final go ahead by ESCC

Hastings Library, Claremont'05/02/12
Hastings Library, Claremont'05/02/12

A MULTI-MILLION pound plan to revamp Claremont library has been given the final approval needed to complete the ambitious project.

East Sussex County Council has granted conditional approval to the refurbishment of the library to incorporate number 12 Claremont.

The combined building will incorporate the vurrent library, children’s library off Robertson Street and Hastings Registratation Services.

An empty adjacent building which was formely a cafe downstairs and flat accommodation upstairs will now be knocked through to connect to the library building. Disabled access will also be provided.

The county council must now obtain approval from the Secretary of State to make any alterations as the main library is a Grade Two listed building.

County councillor Godfrey Daniel said: “There is one final hurdle, before work can start, which is to gain listed building consent from the Secretary of State because the main library is Grade Two listed.

“But given the close involvement in the consultation process between the Planning Officers and English Heritage, there was great confidence that the scheme will now go ahead.

“The new library will also generate more footfall which will help the shops and businesses in the immediate area.

“The improvement in library services actually originates from a petition I presented to the County Council many years ago. I want to thank all those who helped with that original petition.

“We live in times when library services in some other parts of the country are being cut back. It is very encouraging that we will be getting an enhanced library facility.”