Meeting on future of Ashburton Libary, 24th November, 7.30pm at the Oasis Academy

Old Library building, Ashburton Park

Old Library building, Ashburton Park © Copyright Robin Webster and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Local Ashburton Ward Councillors and Sarah Jones, Labour’s candidate for Croydon Central, have organised a public consultation evening on the future of old Ashburton Library, and residents of Addiscombe, Woodside and Ashburton Wards have been invited to attend. It starts at 7pm on Monday 24th November 2014 at Oasis Park Academy, Shirley Road, CR0 7AR.

Background: Many of you will be aware the last Conservative Administration in Croydon had plans to sell off this historic building in Ashburton Park for £85K to a church. Although the church promised some community access it would have meant that a key local building, inside a public park, would be lost to the public. Happily, this will not now be the case, as the new Labour Administration cancelled the sale and have pledged to consult the local community, including Addiscombe, on how we can bring this building back to glory and wider community use. More information on this can be found at the Inside Croydon website.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones, Labour Candidate for Croydon Central

Sarah Jones has invited the Friends of Ashburton Park, local councillors, plus Councillor Timothy Godfrey, Cabinet Member for Culture, and Councillor Paul Scott, Chair of Planning, to come and hear what residents want. If you would like more information on this please email Sarah on, or on her website at

Although this building is not in the Addiscombe Ward is it is key part of the wider Addiscombe Community and many Addiscombe Ward residents used this building as their local library for many years. The refurbishment of this building, and bringing it into community use, will also help revitalise the Ashburton Park, which is a key local space for many Addiscombe Ward residents. We strongly support the campaign of the Friends of Ashburton Park, and the new Labour Councillors for Ashburton Ward, to refurbish and re-open this magnificent building to the public.  We look forward to seeing you there.

About Sean

Councillor for Addiscombe Ward, 1994-2006, re-elected in May 2010 along with Mark Watson and Patricia Hay-Justice. Since May 2014 Chair of Scrutiny. Lives locally in Addiscombe.
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