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Council reviews rural library services

RURAL residents are being asked to give their views on library services in East Sussex.

A three-month review by East Sussex County Council is examining how it provides rural and mobile library services across the county.

The local authority is also looking at library and information services in the Eastbourne area.

The council said it wanted to ensure it was giving residents the best service at the best price – and in the right place at the right time.

The review runs for 12 weeks from Monday (27 February) until Monday 21 May.

Two surveys will be available during the review – one for individuals and one for groups and organisations.

Tony Freebody, the council's lead member for community services, said: "We'd like to find out how people want to access their library services – and see if we can make some changes and improvements to fit in with what they want.

"We'd also like to know if any local groups or organisations would like to work with us to improve services."

Councillor Freebody said the authority was "investing millions of pounds in libraries" across the county.

"We'd like to hear from as many people and organisations as possible to help us continue to improve the service and build a library network that meets the needs of our residents."

Once the survey has closed the results will be compiled and reports drawn up for councillors and senior managers.

Proposals for change would be opened to full public consultation before any decisions were made, said the council.

Consideration of the impact on all sections of the community was also an integral part of the process.

Equality Impact Assessments would be undertaken throughout the review.


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