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Eye: Town council considering options over grant offer for library move

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 June 2013

Eye Town Hall

Eye Town Hall

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A £15,000 grant has been offered to help move a town’s library into a new building but a council is considering not accepting the offer.

Suffolk County Council has put forward the money to relocate Eye’s library in Buckshorn Lane to a new premises in Cross Street.

The town council met on Wednesday to discuss the proposals but a section of councillors have concerns the authority will be over stretching itself by taking on the money.

The money would be used by the town council in part to take on the management of the new premises.

Deputy town mayor Caroline Byles said: “Our concern is in the respect of what the town council could be taking on in accepting the lease of the Cross Street building.

When the move was explained to the council, members could not understand why Eye Town Council had to be a tenant.

“We all want a library in Eye and I do not think the move’s been put in jeopardy but maybe a different way of structuring it has to be found.”

She said the council was already responsible for the maintenance of the Town Hall which she is “incredibly expensive” to run.

Town councillor Felix Williams said he was confident the project would still go ahead but further clarification from the county council was needed over the conditions attached to the grant.

He said: “The £15,000 is very welcome and we do not want to turn it down. We are now at the business end of negotiations.

He said the county council, which owns the building in Cross Street, had offered to lease out two sections of the building; one to a company set up by the town council, another to Suffolk Libraries, the industrial and provident society which runs the service in the county.

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