The decision on whether to move Hove library into Hove Town Hall will not now be taken this week (see previous article in Knowledge base).
Following consultation with the other political parties a reprieve has been granted. Keith Taylor, Convenor of the Green Group has asked for more time to explore the options. The Conservative group has already contested the move so it is critical that Labour has full support from the Greens.
Deputy council leader Sue John said, "Following discussions with colleagues from other political parties, I have come to the conclusion that it would not be appropriate to take the decision at this stage. We recognise the public concern expressed over the proposed move, and want to spend some time looking at the options available to us in greater detail."
Between now and Christmas there will be a detailed appraisal of the two options to examine which is best for local residents in terms of the quality of the library service, access for people with disabilities, separate space for children and so on. A cross-party working group will be set up to oversee this process.
Depending on the outcome of this appraisal there will be public consultation on the two options in the New Year, with final proposals going back to councillors in the Spring of 2004.
Brian Oxley, Conservative Group leader said: "I am delighted that Hove library on its current site has been given a reprieve, and that the cross-party working group will not have a Labour majority. The Conservative Group now has the opportunity to make the case for the library to remain on its current site."
Paul Elgood, Liberal Democratic leader said: "I welcome further discussion. There are some complex issues here, which will benefit from the extra time and input."
Keith Taylor, Convenor of the Green Group: "I am pleased that there will be the opportunity to explain and explore the possibilities, and the implications of both sites."
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