Big protest against Surbiton Library closure as petition grows
By Surb_People | Monday, May 21, 2012, 18:27
A large group of local residents gathered outside Surbiton Library on Saturday to protest against plans that could potentially see the building sold for redevelopment. This latest action was organised by the Conservative Councillor for Berrylands ward, Karen George.
Protestors outside Surbiton Library on Saturday
Councillor Karen George said "Thank you to the many supporters who joined us at Surbiton Library on Saturday. We sent a clear message to Councillor Liz Green and the Lib Dem administration in Kingston – our library is not for sale."
Karen has also started a petition on the Kingston Council website and in paper form. It is thought that the two petitions had over 300 signatures on, as at last Saturday.
The concern over the future of Surbiton Library follows an ongoing Council review and a refusal to deny that closure could be an option. However, it has been confirmed that a Library of some sort, would remain somewhere in Surbiton, whatever the outcome of the review. Conservative Councillor Mike Burden said "Even if the Library is re-provided elsewhere in Surbiton, it's unlikely to be in such a large space and the hall is likely to be lost for good. I'm also concerned about the future of the War Memorial."
We spoke with several people at the protest on Saturday. James from Berrylands said "It would be a crying shame if they let this lovely Library building be turned into flats. It's a beautiful Library, although I've noticed that they have cut back on buying so many new books recently. It makes you wonder whether they are trying to run it down."
There are clearly quite a few Surbiton residents who are very concerned at the idea of Surbiton Library closing down. Hopefully the Council will make their intensions know about the future of the building, sooner rather than later. The online version of the petition is available here.