New Addington library plan sparks fears for future
PLANS to relocate the estate's library have been defended by council bosses, amid fears that users could be left with just "a couple of shelves" of books.
Councillor Tim Pollard, who is in charge of the borough's libraries sector, admitted that there may not be as many books available once the move from the library into the CALAT centre on Central Parade is complete.
His vow comes in the week it emerged a target date has now been set for the move, with the transition likely to be complete as early as April next year.
Some residents are unhappy with the decision and fear their library is essentially "being taken away".
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Melanie Pocknell, of Chertsey Crescent, said: "I think it is disgusting. New Addington soon won't have a library and they just don't seem to care.
"I can't see the point of them relocating it when it will probably be a couple of shelves. That is not a library, and I know other people are concerned too.
"If we knew what was going on that would be OK, but they've kept us in the dark this whole time. I can't see there being enough room for it all."
The council this week launched a consultation into the relocation plans, which would mean the library moving into the CALAT building on Central Parade, which also houses services including adult education classes, Jobcentre Plus, and the Little Stars Nursery.
Cllr Pollard, cabinet member for children, families and learning, claims there is no choice but to move the library.
He said: "We are going to relocate the library for two reasons. One is the existing building is no longer fit for purpose – it is falling to bits. It was built back at a time when building standards weren't great.
"And two, there are longstanding aspirations for the area where the library currently is. We need the library to vacate the site for this to be able to happen.
"I think there will be adequate room – we've done a lot of work in checking.
"What I can say on stock levels is that the intention is to make sure we offer the popular books. The plan is to offer a comprehensive selection."
A Croydon Council spokesman added: "Although we did remove a selection of tatty and out-of-date books from the existing library some time ago as part of the normal stock-check programme, we will be investing £10,000 in new books and materials once we relocate. On top of this, the new building will be open for an extra day every week."