It is pleasing to see the election pledge made by Croydon Labour to stop the sell-off of the old Ashburton Library and bring it back into community use is now being met. The building, which the previous Conservative regime said was worth only £85,000, has now been made weather-tight, and more extensive works are now starting.
Information on the friends group of local residents can be found at “Friends of Ashburton Park”
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. This move was supported by the local conservative MP Gavin Barwell. 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 or at or see previous addiscombe.info story or Croydon Guardian