UPPER NORWOOD JOINT LIBRARY will only open for three days a week from Monday April 29th – and closing for lunch on two of them.
Five staff will be losing their jobs – a reduction from the current complement of 10 – four other vacant positions having remained unfilled.
The 40 per cent-plus cut in opening times is a direct result of Croydon’s Conservative councillors voting to pull out of the 112 year old historic agreement between Croydon and Lambeth councils running the country’s only independent public library in the wake of their hotly-disputed claim that only cabinet members could sit on the library joint committee.
Notices were put up in the library yesterday (Monday) announcing the changes.
The library will now be closed on Mondays and Fridays and only open on Tuesdays (10 am to 7pm) and Thursday (9am to 7pm) but closing for lunch between 1pm and 2pm on both days. The library will also be open on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.
The notices add: “The staff at UNJL would hope that we will be able to increase these opening hours in the near future.
“However, this is dependent on increasing the staff hours and at this time it is unclear whether these additional costs can be covered by the budget.”
The latest cuts are bound to provoke an even bigger uproar than previous protests – a far cry from the last council elections when Conservative candidates produced their – now infamous – leaflet which declared: “Upper Norwood library – only the Conservatives care’.