See the plans for the new Hastings Library

People in the Hastings area will be able to see plans for the new Library and Register Office in the town at public exhibitions and online this week.

East Sussex County Council is carrying out a multi-million pound project to improve library and registration services in Hastings by developing the existing library in the Brassey Institute and expanding into 12 Claremont, the building next to the existing Hastings Library.

The Registration Service will be re-locating from its current out-of-town location at Summerfields on Bohemia Road into the new building.

Plans for the development will be on show at the current library, and at Summerfield Registration Office – and online – from Monday 4 February 2013. People will also be able to talk directly to the design team at the library on Thursday 7 February from 6pm to 8pm and on Saturday 9 February from 9.30am until 1pm.

Councillor Tony Freebody, Lead Member for Community Services, said: “I hope that people in the area will pop into the library or the register office and have a look at our plans or check them out online.

“The proposed development is a great opportunity to bring the separate children’s library and adult library together on the same site to create a flexible, modern library in the heart of the town.

“For the Registration Service this new building will offer modern facilities for residents of the area to register births and deaths of loved ones. The building will also provide new, fully-equipped ceremony rooms for marriages, civil partnerships, baby naming and renewal of vows ceremonies.”

The planning application will be submitted to East Sussex County Council at the end of February. Comments and views submitted at this pre-planning application stage will feed in to the planning application and the plans will continue to be on display until the end of April.

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