Flood-hit library still closed for assessment in Pevensey

Pevensey Bay.
Pevensey Bay.

A library which had to shut its doors to the public after it was severely flooded is to remain closed while assessment of the building’s condition takes place.

Pevensey Bay Library shut its doors in January after extensive flooding.

East Sussex County Council is now reminding library users of alternative ways to access services while the facility is closed.

Cllr Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for community services, said the council is sorry for the inconvenience and will provide a further update when the assessments have been completed.

He said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience that may be caused by the continued closure of Pevensey Bay Library.

“We are hoping to be able to provide a further update soon once all the necessary checks and assessments have been carried out.”

Library customers will have their books automatically renewed until the building reopens and can visit any East Sussex library – the closest being Eastbourne, Langney, Hampden Park and Bexhill.

For residents unable to travel, East Sussex County Council has an e-library which allows people to browse a catalogue, borrow e-books and find help with everything from family history to homework.

Residents looking for a good read can also pop along to their local pub, The Royal Oak and Castle, which has been hosting a Book Exchange since March 2.

A spokesman for the council said: “This innovative service is as a result of a partnership with Adult Social Care and local businesses which aims to support and strengthen communities.

“A range of ex library books for adults and children will be available for anyone to borrow or read at the pub.”

For enquiries, access to the county council’s e-library or renew a book online visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries

Alternatively call 0345 60 80 195 or visit East Sussex libraries facebook page at www.facebook.com/eastsussexlibraries for information.