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Framlingham Town Council set for new chapter - at library in Old Court House

PUBLISHED: 09:30 13 March 2017

Framlingham Library staff and Framlingham town councillors celebrate their new partnership, pictured l-r, Derek Johnson, Doreen Smith, Anne Graham, Sally Green, Suzanne Bartlett, Joan Jones, Simon Garrett, Lesley Cloutling and Eileen Coe. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Framlingham Library staff and Framlingham town councillors celebrate their new partnership, pictured l-r, Derek Johnson, Doreen Smith, Anne Graham, Sally Green, Suzanne Bartlett, Joan Jones, Simon Garrett, Lesley Cloutling and Eileen Coe. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

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A Suffolk council will begin a new chapter - with a cost-saving move to headquarters in the town’s library.

Pictured inside Framlingham Library, where the new Framlingham Town Council offices will be based: Derek Johnson, Doreen Smith, Sally Green, Suzanne Bartlett, Joan Jones, Simon Garrett, Lesley Cloutling and Eileen Coe. Pictured inside Framlingham Library, where the new Framlingham Town Council offices will be based: Derek Johnson, Doreen Smith, Sally Green, Suzanne Bartlett, Joan Jones, Simon Garrett, Lesley Cloutling and Eileen Coe.

Framlingham Town Council’s offices will be relocated to the library in Old Court House, Bridge Street, over Easter weekend.

Both organisations claim the move will be beneficial - bringing extra income for the library service while reducing office costs for the council.

It will also mean services for local people are provided from one location and will bring extra visitors to the library.

Library manager Lesley Clouting said: “This move benefits everyone as it has economic benefits for the library and town council and will make it easier for local people to access services in one place. We know from other projects across the county where libraries are now hosting council services, that this can work well and often leads to more people using the library service too. Framlingham Library already has a very strong relationship with the town council and we look forward to welcoming them into the library later this month.”

Town clerk Eileen Coe added: “The town council has always supported the library service in Framlingham and we are looking forward to working together with them in this lovely historic building in the centre of the town.”

The new office space will be created with no reduction in books or public computers. The library will remain open during the work, which is intended to be carried out with minimum disruption.

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