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June 24 2014.

An innovative development in Seaford which will bring a new library and services for older people under one roof is set to open later this summer.

East Sussex County Council has announced that the facility in Sutton Park Road will open on Tuesday, August the 26th.

The keys to Seaford’s new £6million community facility have been handed to East Sussex County Council and work has started on installing furniture, equipment and resources for the new services.

Cllr. Bill Bentley, the county council’s lead member for adult social care, explained: “This innovative project combines three elements; services for older people, a library and supported accommodation for people with learning difficulties.

“This is the first time we have embarked on such a project and it is very exciting to have an opening day in sight. The new facility will be at the heart of the Seaford community and bring many people using a number of different council services together.”

Cllr. Chris Dowling, lead member for community service, added: “This is a very exciting time for the county council. The building is the first of three redevelopments of libraries in the county and demonstrates our ongoing investment in library services.

“Now, after months of hard work, the opening of the new Seaford Library is in sight and residents will soon be able to enjoy this wonderful new facility.”

At the centre of the development will be a café, for which the council is currently looking for an operator, and other facilities include meeting rooms, interactive screens, a teen area, a study room and a roof terrace.

Library services will continue to be offered from the temporary library at Elm Court, in Blatchington Road until Saturday, August the 2nd, when work will begin transferring stock and systems to the new library. Services can be accessed online at

Until the opening of the new facility, day services will continue to be provided at Homefield Place.