Friends of Ashburton Park turn out in force to discuss future of neglected library
More than 40 people braved the rain last night to discuss the future of the long-neglected old Ashburton library building.
The newly established Friends of Ashburton Park held its first public meeting outside the disused former Woodside Convent to hear residents' suggestions for how the building can become a focus for the community.
Croydon Council wants to sell the historic building, which has been empty since 2008.
But Friends of Ashburton Park want it preserved for community use and believe it can help revitalise the park.
'Right to bid' legislation allows groups with 21 registered members to pause the sale of valued community buildings or land, such as pubs, parks and libraries, to give them the chance to prepare a bid.
Andrew Rendle, one of the group's organisers, said: "It is encouraging to see so many people here, especially in this weather.
"We need 21 people to stop the sale and at one point tonight I think I counted about 43.
"The next stage is to get everyone together properly and hear people's ideas about what the building could be used for.
"It is a beautiful building and it's dreadful to have had it sitting their empty for so long."
The group is to hold a first formal meeting - indoors - in October.
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