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A new library for Burgess Hill

A new library for Burgess HillWest Sussex County Council has opened a brand new library in the heart of Burgess Hill town centre.

The new library has been funded and developed by NewRiver REIT as part of their wider plans to transform Burgess Hill into a vibrant and sustainable leisure and retail destination for the future. The old library can now be demolished to make way for the town centre regeneration project.

The relocation of Burgess Hill Library has given the County Council the opportunity to redesign the layout and upgrade facilities. An attractive study area at the front of the glass fronted building provides a comfortable, modern and welcoming environment for customers to use their electronic devices on the free WiFi. The bright and colourful children's area offers a mix of seating, including cute reading nooks for little ones and comfy places to share a story.  

Contemporary shelving provides the flexibility to host a much wider range of events, including author talks and family activities in and out of term time. There is also the opportunity to work with partner organisations more efficiently and provide a range of services under one roof in a cost-effective manner.

A Changing Places toilet and lift has been installed to ensure the new library is accessible to all. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need more support than is provided by a standard disabled toilet. A Changing Places toilet provides the extra equipment and space that's required to enable everyone to use the toilets safely and comfortably.

The latest planning application for NewRiver REIT's town centre redevelopment has been submitted for consideration by the District Planning Committee. You can view the application online at https://pa.midsussex.gov.uk/online-applications/ using reference DM/19/3331.

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