The final hurdle has now been cleared and the funding agreed for West Norwood Library to be refurbished and reopened – and a four screen picturehouse cinema.
Gipsy Hill councillors first approached Picturehouse in late 2011 and met with them in the spring of 2012 to put forward our idea for a combined library and cinema for West Norwood. Planning permission was secured last year and the council’s cabinet agreed the funding in October 2015 as part of the Culture 2020 settlement on libraries and culture provision in Lambeth.
As local councillors we’re really pleased that this is now definitely going ahead – it’s a huge boost for West Norwood and meets Labour’s commitment for a fully funded town centre library for Norwood.
The library will be refurbished where it was before – with the addition of a public cafe and bar at the front of the building. The old community halls and administration block will be turned into a four screen cinema with community space maintained in the former lower Nettlefold Hall.
If everything progresses according to plan then the library and cinema should open by autumn 2017. Details can be found on the council website here: http://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/documents/s79925/Nettlefold%20and%20West%20Norwood%20Library%20Redevelopment%20REPORT.pdf