North Suffolk library could share building with council

Protestors outside Eye Library when it was threatened with closure Protestors outside Eye Library when it was threatened with closure

Friday, August 8, 2014
8:56 AM

A town’s library could be relocated after all following a review of its existing premises, which were deemed to be “coming to the end of their life.”

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Suffolk county councillor Guy McGregor, who represents Hoxne and Eye, revealed a review of library facilities by the county council showed the current site in Buckshorn Lane in Eye would soon no longer be suitable and new premises would need to be found.

He added the possibility was now being discussed of moving into the county council-owned former Customer Service Direct building at The Cross, which currently stands empty.

And Mr McGregor said the county council had been in talks with Mid-Suffolk District Council about potentially sharing the site at The Cross in a development that could also include new one and two bedroom flats.

He added the district council was looking into its changing accommodation needs and wanted to branch out to parts of the district where it did not have a presence, such as Eye.

“We need to get ourselves a better library in Eye and the scheme would also bring back a presence of the district council into the area,” Mr McGregor added.

If the proposal goes ahead, the Buckshorn Lane property could be redeveloped to provide new homes.

Mr McGregor said the review had been carried out into all buildings of a similar age and type to the library across the county and revealed new facilities were needed.

Previously, the county council and Eye Town Council had looked into moving the library to the former Citizens Advice Bureau property in Cross Street, but this was shelved due to the cost of the work to windows, doors and the roof to bring the building up to scratch.

The changes were originally proposed after the county council was forced to make cuts to reduce the national deficit, with libraries one of the areas affected.

However, the council changed its policy and is providing funding to Suffolk Libraries to run library services across the county.

Does the district council need a presence in Eye? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk.

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