For the past two years we’ve been working with the community to fight for the Upper Norwood Library – where Croydon have threatened to withdraw funding or to try to sell the building, we’ve stood with staff and users in defence of this prized asset at the heart of Upper Norwood.
Gipsy Hill councillors have worked with Lambeth to ensure a full public commitment to the future of the library from Lambeth council and all Labour councillors supported Councillor Matthew Bennett’s motion at Lambeth council that condemned Croydon’s actions and gave full backing to the library from Lambeth. Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite recently brought the leader of Lambeth council, Cllr Steve Reed to visit the library and meet with staff to offer reassurance of Labour’s backing for the service.
Croydon are now consulting on how they will provide a library service in Upper Norwood and it is vital that we don’t let up in our fight to protect what we have in Upper Norwood – an outstanding library. Croydon offer this as ‘Option One’ and we must make sure that they know that this is what the community wants.
You can have your voice heard at http://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/consultations/upper-norwood-library-provision/ and the consultation is open until 29th April.