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We are really pleased to announce that work has now started on the refurbishment of the East Tilbury Library following the devastating fire in January 2017. The Library was the home of the Bata Heritage Centre and our unique and important collection of artefacts and records. Much of this was badly damaged by smoke and some things were also water damaged. A small number of items were completely destroyed in the fire.
Planning permission was granted for the refurbishment by Thurrock Council at a meeting on 18 October 2018 and details can be seen on their website at https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/news/libraries/planning-permission-granted-for-east-tilbury-library-refurbishment.
Subsequently, as you can see from the picture above, work started at the library in early November. It is planned to re-open the library in the Spring of 2019.