Meeting to safeguard Upper Norwood Library, Oct 13

With local authorities, including Lambeth and Croydon councils, having to make further cuts in public spending – by as much as 25 per cent – here ROBERT GIBSON calls for more public help to keep Upper Norwood Library operating

We have seen how easy it was for Bromley to snuff out Anerley Library. But we also know that when under attack, Crystal Palace rolls with the punches and comes back stronger.

Robert Gibson, centre of group, has helped organise a series of community events such as this, in and around Upper Norwood Library

Robert Gibson, centre of group, has helped organise a series of community and fund-raising events such as this, in and around Upper Norwood Library

Some times, this can be very exhausting, but we are confident that, with your help, a resolute united five-borough response will persuade the local politicians of Croydon and Lambeth to honour their pledges of commitment to the Upper Norwood Library which has served our community of Crystal Palace so well for almost 115 years.

There is lots more digital, historical, cultural, creative, educational energy and output and fun to come, if we can only safeguard this resource for our community. The library brings so many economic and social benefits and contributes to community cohesion. With support and investment, it has got so much more to give.

With a new council in Croydon, extra funding for one year has been allocated in the  budget, but we know local authorities are under extreme financial pressure as never before. Community infrastructure that is not stubbornly defended will be lost. We need to show Lambeth and Croydon that our building and our service should be properly funded.

Come to a public meeting at 7.30pm on Monday October 13 at The Methodist Church Hall (behind Iceland) to meet the Upper Norwood Library Trustees, listen as they outline their vision for the library. There will be updates on the latest position from both Lambeth and Croydon councils.

Pledge your support. Please join us.

  • Robert Gibson is the co-chair of the Upper Norwood Library Trust

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