MP joins campaign against Woodford Green Library move
PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 January 2016
Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith has spoken out against Redbridge Council’s proposals to move the library to Sir James Hawkey Hall.
One of the budget options, to be discussed at cabinet on Tuesday, is to transfer the current library in The Broadway half a mile down the road to Hawkey Hall, in Broomhill Road.
Depending on planning permission the library could become part of new development with a gym, which council leader Cllr Jas Athwal says will “be more accessible with better facilities”.
The aim is for the new library to become self sufficient and the council will stop the grant it receives in 2018/2019.
Cllr Athwal said this was imposed by the Conservative Party’s cuts to the local government grant.
Tory MP Mr Duncan Smith has backed the community groups campaigning against the move.
He told the Recorder: “Woodford Green library is vital to meeting the demands of the local community and it is of particular importance to disabled people in the local area who would have to travel further to get to the relocation site at Hawkey Hall.
“The increased housing needs the supporting infrastructure. I have long campaigned to save the library and it is devastating that proposals to close it have now been put back on the table.”
Mr Duncan Smith opposed the council’s plans to move Woodford Green library 18 months ago.
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