The following information is provided by Upper Norwood Library Campaign as background to the Upper Norwood Library situation, now at crisis point.
Since opening in 1900, Upper Norwood library has been jointly and equally funded by Croydon and Lambeth Councils.
Until 2010 Croydon Council honoured this and the management board consisted of cross-party reps and members of the community. From 2010 Croydon Council chose NOT to include local ward councillors instead, they placed councillors from the furthest reaches of the borough who, even with the best will in the world, weren’t ever going to represent the area as well as local councillors.
It has cited that Lambeth Council has breached a legal agreement (the UNJL Agreement) by non- attendance at the 2010 and 2011 AGMs. Lambeth has for two years been advising Croydon Council that it is in breach by not allowing local ward councillors to sit on the Management Board. Campaigners maintain what is certain is that in the middle of all of this petty political point scoring and schoolboy debate is a society of decent folk being crushed by a few self-serving council officials who have not shown any respect to the community over this issue. Rather, campaigners claim, they have displayed contempt and total arrogance.