Council promises to use residents’ views to shape services at Newhaven Library

Site of new Newhaven Library
Site of new Newhaven Library

Residents’ views will be used to shape services at the new Newhaven Library, East Sussex County Council has promised.

A total of 304 people gave the council their views by completing a short survey or submitting their comments on a postcard.

According to the public, the most important services were a good choice of books and helpful staff who could provide information on local services, groups and events.

Convenient opening times were also highlighted, particularly during the week and on Saturdays.

County council lead member for community services Chris Dowling, said: “These results show what a key role libraries play in the communities of East Sussex, not only providing books but also helping local people to find the information they need.

“People’s views will be considered when planning services for the new library in Newhaven and will be used to inform other work that is being undertaken across the library and information service.”

He added: “The new library at Newhaven is a further example of the county council’s multi-million pound investment in libraries across East Sussex.

“The council is also providing a new library and adult social care development in Seaford and new library development in Hastings.”

A full report on the consultation can be found online at: or you can call 0345 60 80 196 for a paper copy.

The county council bought 36-38 High Street in Newhaven and plans to refurbish the building to create a large, modern library on the ground floor.

It will have improved facilities and space to hold a wider range of community events and activities.

The council will carry out the project in two phases.

The first phase of developing the ground floor into a library will begin soon and could be completed towards the end of 2013.