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. We protested over the ESCC's proposal to close the library during the consultation period and now that the proposed closure has been confirmed we have submitted a proposal to set up a new community managed library with support from the parish council, Pevensey Town Trust and the help of volunteers.
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 were considered by ESCC on 6 March but the county council decided to proceed with closing the library on 5 May.
In response to this situation we have drawn up a proposal for a community managed library. Several local people with varied skills and experience have expressed interest in becoming trustees of a new charitable organisation. Additionally, many local people are pledging their financial support as potential voting members in a new democratic and locally accountable charitable organisation. We have submitted our proposal to ESCC and will know the outcome of our bid by 31 May.
If you want to help, we can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.