Work has begun on an £8million project to provide a modern library and registration service for the people of Hastings.
Planning permission and listed building consent have been granted, giving East Sussex County Council the green light to develop the existing facility in the Brassey Institute and expand into the building next door, 12 Claremont.
Contractors started work on Monday (September 2) carrying out initial inspections, internal work and surveys.
“The new library will offer a better opportunity for learning and skills, a great space to display and promote stock and increased access to information and computers,” said Cllr Chris Dowling, the county council’s lead member for community services.
“This scheme further demonstrates the council’s commitment to improving the service and is another example of the county council’s multi-million pound investment in libraries.”
The development will allow the children’s library to move into the main building which will provide better access to facilities for families, including space for popular rhyme-times and other events.
The Registration Service will be moved from its current location in Bohemia Road into the new building.
“This development, based in the town, will be easily accessible by public transport and will contribute to the regeneration of Hastings by encouraging people to visit the area and use the wide range of services on offer,” Cllr Dowling added.
There are several phases to the project and work on the new library is expected to be completed by spring 2015. Details of the work are listed on our Hastings Library page.