Friends of Pevensey Bay Library
Friends of Pevensey Bay Library (FPBL)
Friends of Pevensey Bay Library (FPBL) aim to campaign for and support the provision of improved public library services in Pevensey Bay.
Who are we?
We are a group of local residents, different ages, who use and care about our local library which is now once again threatened with closure. On Sat Dec 2nd we will be holding a friendly protest over the closure of the library, meet us outside the library at 10:30am and then come for a tea and coffee afterwards in one of the Bay's cafes.
After a flooding incident which closed the library in 2015, a group of library users formed FPBL in order to campaign to get it re-opened. Eventually the library was re-opened and refurbished in August 2016. New computers, a scanner, a colour printer, Wi Fi, and new book stock were provided.
Campaign by FPBL Against Library Closure
Due to problems posed by the steep steps for elderly people and parents with pushchairs , FPBL also submitted an application in 2015 to have an empty pub in the centre of the village listed as a community asset with a view to re-locating the library on the ground floor. This application was refused by Wealden District Council (WDC) because East Sussex County Council (ESCC) were committed at that time to re-opening the library on the existing site. They indicated in their letter turning down our application, that if circumstances changed they would re-consider the decision.
One year later, despite the refurbishment, the library on the existing site is now proposed for closure due to huge spending cuts arising from government policy to phase out central funding of local authority services. Throughout the recent consultation period FPBL visited many local groups to discuss the county's proposals and to encourage people to respond to their questionnaire. The result of this plus FPBL's own detailed representations on the need for a local library in the Bay will be considered by ESCC on 6 March.
We are also in discussion with the county council over a contingency plan for setting up a community managed library with some ongoing financial support from them. Several local people with varied skills and experience have expressed interest in becoming trustees of a new charitable organisation and many local people are pledging their financial support as potential voting members in a new democratic and locally accountable charitable organisation.
If you want to help, we can be contacted at email@example.com.