Old Ashburton library to be handed over to private companies

Inside Croydon

That “ambition” thing we were told so much about in 2013 and 2014, before the last Town Hall elections? It seems that if you want to turn it into the “delivery” thing, it can take a long time and a lot of public cash.

Submissions of interest in leasing the old library building in Ashburton Park have to be submitted before the end of April The old library building in Ashburton Park. Finally, it might have new occupants this summer

In 2014, soon after Tony Newman’s Labour group took office, they blocked a very questionable deal which Tim Pollard and Croydon Tories had agreed on just the day before the local elections. That deal would have handed over the old library in Ashburton Park, reckoned to be worth at least £500,000, to a  church group that wanted to convert the building into some nice apartments for their pastor, with a bit of a church hall use, and all for a bargain £85,000.

The new Labour-run council would not allow such…

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