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March 8 2012

Newhaven is to get a brand new library thanks to a property purchase by East Sussex County Council.

At a recent property auction, the Council bought 36-38 High Street in the town in order to provide the new library. The authority says it will now be able to deliver a fantastic and exciting community facility that will help to regenerate the town.

Councillor Tony Freebody, Lead Member for Community Services, said: "This is really wonderful news for Newhaven. Residents in the area deserve a new library and can now look forward to enjoying a wider choice in a welcoming environment, with comfortable seating and space to relax and enjoy the improved service. Local people will also have the opportunity to improve computer, numeracy and literacy skills at the new library - all at a convenient, High Street location.

"Over recent years we have worked with partners to try to secure the right development and there have been some disappointments along the way. However, we are now confident that we've got a great deal for the town that could help to regenerate the area.

"This is another example of the County Council's multi-million pound investment in libraries across East Sussex."
The plan will be to refurbish the newly-acquired building to create a large, modern library on the ground floor. Improved facilities will include increased book stock and more computers. The larger library will be able to hold a wider range of community events and activities for everyone.

The projected cost for purchase and refurbishment is £1.6m. The next step for the authority will be to appoint architects to work up designs and detailed plans. The authority hopes to open the doors to the new library in 2014.