A NEW LIBRARY promised to Newhaven will be open earlier than originally planned.
East Sussex County Council had planned to open the £1.6m development in the High Street in 2014.
However the council has decided to carry out the project in two phases and work on phase one - the library on the ground floor – could be completed towards the end of 2013.
Phase two involves working with potential partners to create a community hub for Newhaven utilising the first floor of the building.
The first phase of the plan is to refurbish the building to create a large, modern library on the ground floor with improved facilities.
The larger library will also be able to hold a wider range of community events and activities for everyone.
Councillor Tony Freebody, lead member for community services, said: “The decision to carry out the project in two phases means that people in the Newhaven area could be enjoying their new library much earlier than planned.
“Work on the first phase has started so it’s really positive news for Newhaven that will help to regenerate the town. “We’re really excited about the plans and the fact that it wont be that long before we can offer people in the area a much improved library service, better facilities and more opportunities to improve their computer, numeracy and literacy skills – all at a convenient, High Street location.
“We look forward to talking to the community about what they would like to see in their new library. We want to tailor the service to the expressed needs of local people so we would really appreciate views and comments.
“As the project progresses we will keep you up to date through our website, in the current library and through facebook and twitter, so watch this space for further updates.”
The Council is also providing a new library and adult social care development at Seaford.
For more information about plans for the new library please visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/find/newhaven.