Jane Pickard & Sonia Winifred at proposed Lidl site
Lidl applied to Croydon council for planning permission to turn the former car show room on Beulah Hill into a Lidl store. But the application was turned down on 6th February . Croydon wanted the building to be smaller and fit in better with the Norwood Grove Conservation Area. There are other concerns about the lack of detail on managing traffic using the car park entrance on Crown Lane.
Lambeth council has just agreed with Croydon council to take over responsibility for Upper Norwood Library at 39 Westow Hill SE19 1TJ . This will pave the way for the library to become a community trust by 2014.
Under the agreement Croydon will transfer the building and staff to Lambeth. Lambeth will now be the major funder of the library at £170,000pa while Croydon will contribute £75,000pa for the next two years.
This is a victory for local people and Labour councillors who vigorously campaigned against Tory-run Croydon’s plan to close the library which has been jointly funded by the two councils for decades..
Sally Prentice, Lambeth’s councillor with responsibility for libraries said “This is fantastic news for local residents and guarantees the future of this library. While councils up and down the country are closing libraries, in Lambeth we have protected all our libraries by working side by side with the community.”