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Plans to move Eye library are shelved

PUBLISHED: 06:00 22 May 2014

The Love Our Library protest at Eye Library calling for the facility to be saved from county council cuts. Hartismere High School pupil Grace Fraser (R) helping to collect signatures with Bernard Harrison and Vicky Uff.

The Love Our Library protest at Eye Library calling for the facility to be saved from county council cuts. Hartismere High School pupil Grace Fraser (R) helping to collect signatures with Bernard Harrison and Vicky Uff.

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Plans to move a town’s library to new premises have been shelved after Suffolk County Council deemed the cost too expensive.

Proposals had been in the pipeline to move Eye’s Library from its current premises in Buckshorn Lane to the former Citizens Advice Bureau building in Cross Street for three years.

But a survey of the new site found work would need to be carried out to the windows, doors and roof to bring it up to the standard required and the county council was not willing to pay for this extra maintenance.

So the decision means the library - which is run by Suffolk Libraries, an industrial provident society (IPS) - will continue to operate from Buckshorn Lane.

The county council had awarded £15,000 for the relocation because it wanted the Cross Street building it owns to be used.

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

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

The county council was offering to lease out two sections of the Cross Street building - one to a company set up by the town council and another to Suffolk Libraries.

Eye mayor Linda Cummins said: “The move would have given us so little extra space that it was decided that it was not worth pursuing, but there is no problem because the county council is still going to support libraries for the future.”

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