London Borough of Bromley
United Kingdom

For several years, Bromley Council has been talking about closing Anerley and Penge libraries and building a replacement library, probably in Penge. The council are currently looking at properties at the southeast end of Penge, furtherst from Anerley. In fact, the new library would be within walking distance of Beckenham Library (one of the borough's biggest) and miles from some parts of Crystal Palace.

The government recently reduced the amount that it gives to Bromley and so the Council is making cuts. They now plan to close Anerley Library next year to save £90,000.

Anerley Library is a vital service for residents of Anerley, Crystal Palace, South Penge (including the area around Selby Road and The Groves) and parts of Clock House. It is a focal point for the local community, a source of public information and private study, a place to access the internet and somewhere that children go to do their homework.

This petition calls on Bromley Council to maintain Anerley Library and ensure that the people continue to have access to this vital local service.

We, the undersigned, call upon Bromley Council to protect Anerley Library from closure. Anerley Library is a popular and well-used service, providing the residents of Crystal Palace, Clock House and Penge with access to books, reference material and a place to study.

Plans to merge the service with Penge Library wil leave residents at this end of the borough with no library within walking distance and are unsatisfactory. We therefore urge you to keep Anerley Library open.

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The Save Anerley Library petition to London Borough of Bromley was written by Cllr Tom Papworth and is in the category Government at GoPetition.