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Rye's former Woolworths store could become library

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The new library could be open by the end of 2010

A former Woolworths store in Sussex could be transformed into a library, after district councillors gave their backing to the scheme.

East Sussex County Council wants to convert the former shop in Rye to create a space almost three times the size of the existing library.

If the plan is approved the High Street site could be open by the end of 2010.

The first floor rooms would be used by library and Rother District Council staff as well as local groups.

'Exciting times'

The plans are a joint project between the county council and Rother District Council whose cabinet backed to the plans.

County councillor Bob Tidy said: "These are really exciting times for library users in Rye.

"We are now at the end of the current consultation and the majority of feedback has been positive and people are looking forward to their new library in the High Street.

"We're pouring millions of pounds into improving our library service across the county and Rye Library is one of the planned new libraries along with Wadhurst, Hastings, Seaford and Newhaven."

Rother District Council leader Carl Maynard said: "We are delighted to be delivering this project jointly with county.

"Not only will Rye residents have access to greatly improved library and learning facilities, visitors will also have a one-stop shop for council enquiries at district and county level."

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