THE FOLLOWING item has appeared in the Conservatives ‘North Croydon News’ headlined ‘A Community Library for Upper Norwood’:
“Our Conservative council has said it will top up the money Lambeth has offered for a community group to take over Upper Norwood joint library.
“They are the only council in the country that provides funding for a library outside its borough.
“Andy (that’s Conservative candidate Andy Stranack) tells North Croydon News: ‘The people of Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood deserve access to a decent library just as much as everyone else in Croydon. “I think it’s a great idea for the community to run this library and I’ll lobby all the councils in the area to ensure that it has a sufficient budget”.
So that will include Croydon council, will it Andy?
The article has been posted on the Virtual Norwood blog spot with the first respondent saying: “You couldn’t make it up.”
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT candidate Marisha Ray visited Upper Norwood joint library this morning (Tuesday) with former Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick. Speaking outside the library after her visit Marisha said: “The library is a hub for the community.
“I was speaking with local residents yesterday – chosen at random. “I asked them about the library. “Everyone knew it was under threat. “Everyone wanted to join me this morning but some people had work. “There’s universal support for this library in the local community.”
LAMBETH COUNCIL leader Steve Reed has been picked as the Labour candidate for the Croydon North by-election, narrowly beating Val Shawcross, London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark to the nomination.
Apart from the three main parties the other candidates named so far are: Lee Jasper (Respect); Sasha Khan (Green party) and Winston McKenzie (UKIP).
KINGSWOOD HOUSE CONSULTATION
PEOPLE ARE being asked for their ideas on Kingswood House with a special open day this Wednesday (November 7th).
Southwark council say there is a need to carry out “extensive and very expensive” works to comply more fully with maintenance responsibilities and to provide spaces to hire that conform to modern standards.
“Since the community centre and library opened in 1956 Kingswood has hosted conferences, weddings and other events as well as letting rooms for schools, training and office use -in order to fund its continued existence. “But in recent times the building has been under-utilised.”
Architects John McAslan and partners have been working with Southwark council and immediate stakeholders to investigate sustainable options for the refurbishment of Kingswood. Now they would like to talk to the wider local community as part of this process and discuss some initial ideas for the future of the building.
Southwark are asking anyone to drop in at Kingswood House, Seeley Drive, Dulwich from 2pm to 8pm on Wednesday. If you are unable to attend but wish to see and / or discuss proposals please email [email protected]