Boss defends plan to move town library

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THE man in charge of libraries in Hampshire has defended proposals to move a library into a community centre.

Plans are out for consultation to move Emsworth library from St Peter’s Square into the community centre in Church Path.

Councillor Keith Chapman wrote to The News to reassure readers that no decision has yet been made.

He said the consultation was open until October 18 and said it was ‘important that we hear from as many people as possible to help me make an informed decision which benefits the whole community’.

He said: ‘As we continue to move the county’s library and information service into a strong position for the future, we want to move away from having libraries in standalone buildings and relocate them into vibrant community hubs where appropriate.’

He acknowledged that the current library is busy, but said the building is ‘small, difficult to maintain and expensive to rent’.

He added: ‘We are committed to providing a strong, vibrant sustainable library service to all of Hampshire’s residents and we need to look at different, new and innovative ways to do this.’

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