East Greenwich library cuts an ever increasingly sad figure on Woolwich Road as it lays empty since closure.
The library closed in 2015 with facilities moving into the Greenwich Centre.
Author Christopher Fowler has written in his autobiography how important the library was to him in his early years.
Over the years it reduced in size gradually as areas were closed off. The Carnegie building was in a sorry state even when it closed. Truth be told it was in poor shape at least 15 years before, but three years of non-use have now left it a mess externally.
It’s hard to believe Global Guardians are living inside as it cannot be safe. Damp was endemic years ago.
Weeds are now growing out of various parts of the building’s frontage.
It’s not the easiest building to sell given it’s Grade II listed status prevents substantial alterations and poor condition, but are Greenwich Council going to sit on it until it collapses?
Any buyer would see the public realm in the area and back away. It’s dire. Imagine selling a house and trashing the garden before someone turns up to view. Leaving the area such a mess in doing pretty much the same thing.
Even a lick of paint on the railings (and there’s absolutely loads of them) would smarten up this particularly ugly spot. Or remove some and declutter the area.
The adjacent flyover does little to help, and with TfL dragging their feet on improving the area it falls to Greenwich to do something on their patch directly outside.
I don’t need to go over the tens of millions of Section 106 and Community Infrastructure income money again.
Not only would local people have a more attractive and safer environment but the authority would probably gain greater income from any building sale.
When East Greenwich library closed so did the Arches leisure centre. Three years later and it too is still empty.
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