Sidcup group opposes plans to relocate library

PUBLISHED: 12:39 03 April 2018

The council is planning to re-locate Sidcup's library. Picture: Google

The council is planning to re-locate Sidcup's library. Picture: Google


A local action group have started a petition against the relocation of Sidcup’s library.

The council is working to develop a cinema that could be co-located with a modern library on the site of the town’s former Blockbuster store.

The Sidcup Library Action Group are carrying out a leaflet campaign and are applying to take a deputation to the council on Wednesday, April 18, opposing the plans to relocate the library.

A spokesman said: “We are raising a petition for seven days in and around Sidcup High Street from Saturday April 14.

“Most people we talk to welcome the cinema but can’t understand why the council would think the library could be improved by relocating it.

“We believe that the present site is ideally suited to the needs of the community.

“Being just off just off the high street it is easily reached by all sectors of the community including school groups, baby buggy users and the disabled.

“The purpose built interior provides for pleasant browsing of the book and media stock, with room for a children’s area, meeting rooms, informal gatherings, personal study and Internet access.”

A Facebook page for the campaign has also been started to raise public awareness of what the group sees as a significant issue for the town.

One post on the page includes a photo of a list of activities which currently take place in the library, and reads “There is no cast iron guarantee that they will continue or happen in the same way or with the same facilities.

“We could lose 10 square metres of space if any move took place.

“That’s bigger than the existing children’s section of the library.”

Sidcup has been without a cinema for 18 years, and the council are planning to introduce a new library on the same site.

The council have said that the current library site would be available for redevelopment if it changes location.

The action group welcomes the proposal to build a cinema on the site but they do not believe that incorporating a library there is the best decision for the community.


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