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.
FPBL are once again campaigning to keep our library open, but also we are campaigning against the county council's Library Transformation Strategy. The consultation period on this ends on 14 December. It is proposing seven library closures and further reduction in opening hours of those that remain.
We can be contacted at email@example.com. Our next meeting is on Friday 1st December at 7:00pm, at the Baptist Church in Pevensey Bay.