East Street Library building set to get revamp

7 February 2017

Plans are afoot to spruce up the building currently home to the East Street Library as part of a ‘wish list’ drawn up by local people.

Southwark Council has announced it will be using £300,000 from the GLA to make some improvements to the building including new lighting, better signage and a new ‘enterprise pod’ extension to the side.

This will both improve the current library service and prepare the building for a new lease of life serving the local community when the library service moves to a brand new building on the Aylesbury Estate in late 2020. The idea and driver for the project came from the local community during the What Walworth Wants consultation in 2016.

Cllr Johnson Situ, Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Social Regeneration, said: “The current library building is very well used, but one of the main things that came out of our conversations with local groups like Latin Elephant was the lack of meeting space in the area.

“The revamp will help tide the current library service over until its new and improved home on the Aylesbury estate is ready, and means the building will be ready to offer the Old Kent Road a new service as an affordable and flexible business and meeting space for local people in this key area.”

There will be a drop-in session at the library on Monday 13 February (5.30-7.00pm) for local people to get involved in the revamp.

The library will remain open during the work, which is expected to start in August 2017 and take two to three months.

Page last updated: 07 February 2017