Crofton Park library latest

Green Ladywell has a detailed account of the most recent consultation meeting about the future of Crofton Park Library, which was run by officers, rather than elected representatives. Aside from being well attended and uniformly hostile to the idea of the library's closure, the meeting threw up two possible alternative uses:

'Make Believe Arts' outlined what use they would like to make of the building if it does close as a library. This included bringing the upstairs back into use as office and community space, in addition to the downstairs. The building would be more of a (social entreprise run) community centre, a hub for various classes, rather than a library, although they would work with Lewisham Library Services to see if they could maintain some aspects of the library service (eg some books still there, albeit a greatly-reduced number, or some kind of order and collection service of books from elsewhere). They talked about the work they have been involved in at the Leegate Centre, where they have brought an empty shop unit back into use as a community centre.

The Ackroyd Community Centre didn't have a firm proposal as such, but had been approached by council officers and said that they were willing to work with the local community to see how the building could be kept in community use, with some element of library provision incorporated within that, if it closed.

Read on or join the Save Crofton Park Library Facebook group.


Anonymous said...

We want a library not an alternative use.

Anonymous said...

I agree. We want a library. A generic, 'space' is too vague. It's symbolic man, I can't bear the thought of my kid being unable to borrow books while the idiots that caused £58bn of the deficit are enjoying champagne/cocaine season 5 miles north.

Tamsin said...

Someone else may have a link to a campaign website with more information, but I learnt at a work meeting yesterday that there is a demonstration and march in Lewisham this coming Saturday co-ordinating the groups opposed to closure of libraries in general and their local library in particular.

It starts from Crofton Park at 12.15 and is planned to end up at Laurence House at 1.30. Route has been booked and cleared with the police etc. so it should be a good official opportunity to show opposition to the loss of this particular front-line service.

The idea is for a colourful, carnival atmosphere – people dressing up as characters from books, etc.

Tamsin said...

More information come through.

E-mail from Pat Trembath:

Dear SAVE SYDENHAM LIBRARY Campaign supporter
A reminder about next week’s Carnival procession supported by campaigners of all five Lewisham libraries under threat of closure.
After liaison with Lewisham Council, the Police and Transport for London the agreed route is as follows:
The procession will leave from Darfield Road SE4 (to the side of Crofton Park Library) at 12.30 pm and follow the route from Brockley Rd, via Stondon Park, Brockley Rise, left into Stanstead Road (A205 South Circular), along Catford Hill/Catford Road arriving at Lewisham Town Hall, arriving at 1.30 pm approximately.
Crofton Park is the nearest station and Honor Oak Park and Brockley are within easy walking distance. Buses 122, 171, 172 and P4 stop nearby.
Please muster at 12.15 at Crofton Park Library, wearing bright clothes and come with bells and whistles to join the Carnival march of protest. Alternatively join us along the route. Leaflets will be handed out.
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday
Kind regards
Pat Trembath

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