UPPER NORWOOD OR WEST NORWOOD AS A TOWN CENTRE LIBRARY? – HOW LAMBETH HAVE ‘COOKED THE BOOKS’
The report ‘cooks the books’ in justifying its decision to have West Norwood as one of the five town centre libraries – rather than Upper Norwood.
“77 per cent of users currently access the service through these sites (proposed town centre library sites*) and by providing additional capacity at Durning library….this figure is likely to increase to 80 per cent by 2018” says the Safe and Interesting Spaces (Libraries) report.
But elsewhere in the report, the figures show that Upper Norwood has:
- almost twice as many visits as West Norwood;
- issues far more books and
- has MORE THAN TWICE as many members as West Norwood.Visit figures:Upper Norwood 2013-2014: 61,798
Upper Norwood 2014-15:62,500
West Norwood 2013-2014: 32,758
West Norwood: 2014-15: 37,672
Upper Norwood 2013-2014: 80,880
Upper Norwood 2014-15: 68,358
West Norwood 2013-2014: 41,421
West Norwood: 2014-15: 38,541
Library membership figures:
Upper Norwood 2013-2014: “not known”
Upper Norwood 2014-15: 8,172
West Norwood 2013-2014: 4,182
West Norwood: 2014-15: 3,931
*Brixton, Streatham, Clapham. West Norwood and Durning.
- NEXT MONDAY’S LAMBETH CABINET MEETING
has been moved to Dunraven school, 94-98 Leigham Court Road at 6.30pm