Closure of New Addington Library building not far off, says Cllr Sara Bashford
THE CLOSURE of the current New Addington Library is "not far off", it was confirmed this week.
Croydon councillor Sara Bashford said it would not be long before the current building on Central Parade is closed and moved into the Calat building.
But the councillor, who acts as the council's cabinet member for customer services, stated she could not guarantee the same number of available books would be transferred over despite promising the new home would "offer the same level of service".
She said: "No plans have been finalised and I cannot give a date but it is not long off.
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"We will be moving the library into the Calat, that is the plan at the moment. To shut the current building which is quite old and getting to the end of its useful life.
"There is some work being done in the Calat at the moment and there are plans to have adult education, job centre advice and the library in there so it all fits in nicely together.
"The library will have all the same services as it does at the moment."
But when asked if the new building will house the same number of books as it does presently, Mrs Bashford said she could not make any promises.
"I could not say there will be the same number of books definitely," she explained.
"We do not know what the square footage available will be in comparison with the library.
"These are all things we are looking into at the moment.
"When we have exact plans we will talk to residents and find out what works best for them."