Plans for a new library in Eye progressing well

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Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Libraries have confirmed plans are progressing to create a new library in Eye.

Suffolk County Council plans to sell the site of the current library and move to a brand new library on Cross Street. Planning and development for the move will progress throughout 2018 with the new library likely to open in Spring 2019.

It is hoped the project brings several benefits including the creation of the purpose-built modern library for the town with additional storage space and accessible toilet facilities.

The project would be funded by the sale of the current site where the library has been for around 40 years. The current building was not designed to be permanent and is now quite old and costly to maintain. A new library would be more cost effective to run and would provide a better environment for local customers.

Local people will be consulted on the plans which will go on display in Eye Library during 2018.

Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Councillor Tony Goldson, said:

“We are working closely with a number groups and individuals locally to try and make this exciting project a reality. This project will be a real investment as we continue to deliver library services in Suffolk’s communities.”

Alison Wheeler from Suffolk Libraries said:

“We are very hopeful that this project will go ahead and it would be an exciting development for local people and Suffolk Libraries. We look forward to working with the county council and the community to develop the plans over the next year.

“At a time where there are many financial challenges for us and the county council, there are still often opportunities to source funding from developer contributions which have helped us to refurbish several libraries and many of our community groups have also raised significant sums of money for improvements and their libraries. In the last five years we’ve also opened new libraries in Brandon and Debenham.”