Polegate MP Maria Caulfield has spoken of her disappointment as the town’s library is threatened with closure.
East Sussex County Council is proposing to close 7 of its 24 libraries, reducing the total that it operates to 17. Amongst those set to be closed are Ringmer and Polegate Libraries, both of which are in Maria Caulfield’s constituency.
Although the County Council plans to close the libraries, they have told Maria Caulfield that if communities can find ways to fund and operate the libraries they may be able to remain open.
Ms Caulfield said, “I am very disappointed that there are plans to close Ringmer and Polegate libraries. The community in Ringmer only recently reopened their new library facility in the village hall and so to close this would be a huge loss to the community.
“I have already contacted those involved in Ringmer library and the Town Council in Polegate to see if there is a way we can work together to keep library services going.
“While I know that the numbers of people using library services overall has dropped, they are a valuable community service and I have been reassured by the County Council that if we can look at innovative ways of providing the services locally they will support the community in doing so. I would urge the County Councillors of both areas to stand up for their communities and work with me on this to protect these vital services.”
The County Council’s Cabinet is to discuss the proposals next week, with a public consultation and should they be approved, a public consultation will follow.