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.”
Jane Pickard & Emmaus staff outside the proposed new pub
The derelict shop at 13-19 Knights Hill, between Emmaus and the new Ladbroke’s betting shop , applied for planning permission to become a bar-restaurant in summer 2008. The final decision will be made on Wednesday 16th December 2009 at Lambeth’s planning committee at 7pm in Lambeth Town hall . For details of the committee papers see: http://tinyurl.com/yah4558
These meetings are open to the public who may speak in favour or against the proposals.
The shop has been derelict since it was last used as a Job Centre about 10 years ago. The owners plan a pub similar to Westow House at 79 Westow Hill, The EDT in Lordship Lane and Jam Circus in Brockley Road. See their web site for details : http://www.antic-ltd.com.