Library planned for Aylesbury estate

Mon 24 August 2015, 4:54 pm

Plans to build a new library as part of the regeneration of the Aylesbury estate have been announced.

The new facility will replace a long-standing smaller library on East Street, which is currently in operation. It will be incorporated into a planning application for the scheme, which Notting Hill Housing Trust is planning to submit to Southwark Council in November. It is envisaged that the facility will be built by early 2019 and the current library will remain open until then. 

The new library will be based at the old Amersham Site, now referred to as Plot 18, on Thurlow Street and next to the Aylesbury Medical Centre. 

Councillor Ian Wingfield, cabinet member for business, employment and culture, said: "While other councils are closing libraries, in Southwark we have worked hard to keep investing and keeping them in place as a vital community space. Our East Street library has served local people well but it isn’t set up to offer the full range of services that our residents expect and deserve.”

The Aylesbury estate development will also include homes, a GP centre, early years facilities, a “stay and play service”, retail space, a pharmacy and a public square.

Councillor Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes, said: "The regeneration of the Aylesbury is about more than new homes – it is also about improving the lives of the people who live on the estate, with better open spaces and community facilities. I am very pleased to see proposals coming forward for this site.”

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