Save Pevensey Bay Library
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East Sussex County Council are proposing to shut our library. We cannot let that happen!
As part of the consultation into libraries currently being undertaken by ESCC, the Council have asked for alternative plans to be put forward for communities themselves to run the libraries under threat of closure. We have a plan!
In summary, the plan would see ALL of the existing services to residents retained, a staff member paid for twenty hours a week and in addition, the library would become a community hub, open longer hours, with a toilet available for public use, refreshments available, a meeting room for the community, and a lot more community information and support available. Groups would be encouraged to use the space and activities would be arranged so that the space sees much more community engagement than it currently does. We would ensure that the library was open after school for children too, at the moment they can only visit the library on Saturday mornings and during school holidays.
The plan would be for Volunteers Network CIC (an already established non-profit community interest company) to run 'Pevensey Community Hub and Library', alongside its existing hub in Eastbourne Town Centre. The two sites would each have their own identity based in their locality, but the overall governance would be managed by one organisation to save a duplication in work. Each site would have its own separate cost centre for accounting but being run by Volunteers Network CIC would mean that resources, volunteers and staff could be shared.
A number of organisations have already offered their support of the scheme and pledged to run services from the new hub.
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- East Sussex County Council
Save Pevensey Bay library from closure
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