Following the approval of plans to relocate Horley Library at today’s meeting of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet, Richard Walsh, Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing said:
“We have decided to relocate Horley Library to the centre of town so it is in a more accessible location. It will be similar in size the current one – 500 square metres compared to 594 now – and with it being fully refurbished it will be modern, user-friendly and meet every visitor’s borrowing needs and more.
“We’ve already successfully opened new town centre libraries in places like Walton and Dorking as well as modernising Woking’s branch and this has helped our libraries to buck the national trend for loans and no doubt the new Horley branch will keep the momentum up.
“But given the enormous strain on our budgets from rising demand for services such as adult social care, it would have been hard to come up with these plans for a 21st century library at the heart of the community it serves without selling the current ageing branch and money from developers for infrastructure improvements.”