Carol2R, the old library is 'fit for purpose'
It could easily have a re-fit. It's because the Council want the rents from that piece of land. A coffee machine, a new nappy changing table and new chairs and better computers isn't that hard to fit?
Three storeys does not sound high; but when you look around Chatham Hall, all the other houses are two storeys in Cobham Close, so it would tower above them and take all the light from the houses on Bramfield Road as they don't have gardens, the back wall of the flats would be their wall, thus taking away all the light into about 30 houses. The architect failed to acknowledge on his proposal plans that Chatham Hall is on a hill, so the flats are actually too tall and ARE overbearing.
Not only that, Alphabet Nursery do not want to move and do not want to lose their playground. They have 60 plus children and are ofsted rated OUTSTANDING. They aren't a pack-away nursery and can't just be put into a smaller hall, they are an established nursery who have been there for some 27 years and parents choose the nursery because of it's space and playground. It is appalling how the Council have treated the users of the hall, and not even asked their opinion yet or included them in any of the meetings thus far. Other people use Chatham Hall, rugby tots, ballet, yoga.
The proposed plans have not been thought out properly by the Council. We do not need more housing in this dense area. We need to keep all our schools and preserve open spaces like playgrounds.
Not only that but the new library is being glossed up by the Council, and the gritty details are that the second floor will be a "business suite" as a money spinner and even the first floor has a conference room. So the library is likely to be 30% smaller in reality. So in the Wandsworth Council blurb, the word 'bigger' library is entirely misleading........