Friday, May 18, 2007

Upper Norwood library saved

So Croydon's Conservative Council has caved in to the campaign to save the Upper Norwood Library, according to the Croydon Guardian, by stumping up the £60,000 required.

The Council had dropped its level of funding only a year after the library had seen a £1.1 million facelift - representing a massive waste of money alongside the huge loss of service to local residents had the library been forced to close.

More than 3,000 people signed a petition protesting at the level of funding which was presented to the Council last month. The campaign was supported by local Labour MPs Malcolm Wicks and Tessa Jowell and by local Labour GLA member Valerie Shawcross, nplus the Labour councillors on Croydon Council, not least Councillor Pat Ryan.

This success is a massive victory for the people of Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, reversing a decision that showed just how out of touch Croydon Council has become in its first year of Conservative control.

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