Local politicians petitioning around Upper Norwood
Residents needed little encouragement to sign the petition to save Upper Norwood Library from closure. Indeed, people are very upset to think there may be some reduction in service at the library.
On Monday 23 April Cllr Pat Ryan presented a petition of 3,721 names demanding that Croydon Council restores the promised funding contribution to an equal amount to that provided by Lambeth Council, and then continues to fund at the level needed to secure Upper Norwood Joint Library’s future for the long term, to the Full Council Committee meeting at Croydon Town Hall. The Campaign was out in force in the public gallery and cheered as the petition was presented and Councillor Ryan pleaded the case. He said: “The library has been strangled by financial constraint. It’s absolutely disgraceful. If the situation doesn’t change, two full time members of staff will be made redundant and there will be a 30 per cent reduction in operating hours.” Leader of Croydon Council, Councillor Mike Fisher, accused Lambeth Council of “playing games” and that new financial arrangements needed to be put in place at a level both authorities could afford.
Malcolm Wicks, MP for Croydon North, visits the Library
and lends his full support by signing the Petition
Cllr Pat Ryan and Val Shawcross petition outside the Library