Hove library will remain in its current location, the Carnegie building in Church Road. The Council has said that a review of available funds and willingness of residents and local councillors to accept, if necessary, reduced facilities in the existing building swung the decision.
It had originally been proposed to spend around £700,000 on one of three options. These included converting the building to the highest levels of access proposed by the new Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) or creating a new fully accessible library in a larger space at Hove Town Hall. A third option proposed a split site.
However as officials costed the need to adapt over 450 council buildings it became clear that spending such a large proportion of available cash on a single scheme was not appropriate.
Officers have now been asked to come up with a plan to adapt the existing building for around £350,000 rather than the £700,000 originally earmarked.
Council deputy leader Sue John said, “All along we had been trying to represent the best interests of library users and my preference had been for a larger library in the town hall.
“We will now complete the required work on the library as soon as possible. While the library will be smaller, it will unquestionably be better for disabled people or people or families with buggies who currently cannot access large parts of the building. That’s something we can all celebrate.”
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