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Proposal by Lewisham Council to Close Blackheath Library

book_burning Photo by flickr user altemark

As spotted by Catheeuk on Twitter. Lewisham council wants to save a mighty £830k by closing a few libraries, including Blackheath. See the proposal below, squirrelled away on page 13 of Item 4 Appendix 1, of the Public Accounts Select Committee (emphasis is mine):

An overall saving of £830k is proposed.

Around £80k will be achieved by reshaping service delivery in the Home Library Service with a proposed staff restructure and reduction in posts. The remainder of the saving will be achieved by reducing the number of libraries and associated restructure of staff. A public consultation will commence in the summer to seek views on a proposal to close 5 libraries (Sydenham, Blackheath, Crofton Park, Grove Park and New Cross). Proposals will include options as to how residents in affected neighbourhoods could access some library services. Library buildings should be considered as assets for the whole Council, the community and its partners. Service co-location, community management and asset transfer are all being considered as part of these proposals. This work is being undertaken jointly with Property Services. It should be noted that the existing lease on Blackheath Library runs until Jan 2013. We will be looking at an alternative use for the facility in the interim.

Full document is here, unhelpfully split into 11 separate chunks..

So Antonio Rizzo, what now?!

Photo by Flickr user altemark, (not in Blackheath).

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