A proposal to close the grade II listed Hove Library in Church Rd was approved by the city council yesterday despite opposition from a local action group.
The library will be transferred to Hove Museum a couple of block to the west and a one storey extension at the rear of the museum will be built to accommodate the library which will be funded by the sale of the old building.
The Labour administration claimed that closing the Hove library would save seven smaller branches throughout the city.
Closing the library, which was built with a grant from Victorian philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, would save the council £350,000 a year and avoid £750,000 of repairs that are needed to the building which is over 100 years old.
A business plan for the sale of Hove Library to fund the merger with Hove Museum is being prepared for the policy and resources committee.
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