Plans for multi-million pound library works

Hastings Library, Claremont
Hastings Library, Claremont

PLANS for the multi-million pound revamp of the library are now on display at public exhibitions and online.

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is carrying out a project to improve library and registration services in Hastings by developing the existing library in the Brassey Institute and expanding into 12 Claremont, the building next to the existing Hastings Library.

The Registration Service will be re-locating from its current out-of-town location at Summerfields in Bohemia Road into the new building.

Plans for the development are on show at the current library, and at Summerfields Registration Office, and online, until the end of April.

People will also be able to talk directly to the design team at the library tomorrow (Saturday), from 9.30am until 1pm.

Councillor Tony Freebody, lead member for community services at ESCC, said: “The proposed development is a great opportunity to bring the separate children’s library and adult library together on the same site to create a flexible, modern library in the heart of the town.

“For the Registration Service this new building will offer modern facilities for residents of the area to register births and deaths of loved ones. The building will also provide new, fully-equipped ceremony rooms for marriages, civil partnerships, baby naming and renewal of vows ceremonies.”

The planning application will be submitted to ESCC at the end of February. Comments and views submitted at this pre-planning application stage will feed in to the application.