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Coldharbour library & play centre to close and move to nearby leisure centre?

As part of a raft of cost cutting measures planned by Greenwich Council Coldharbour library and Coldharbour Adventure Play Centre could close and move to Coldharbour Leisure Centre.

Courtesy Google. Play Centre

The Adventure Play Centre offers “both indoor and outdoor facilities. Activities include; Football, Pool, Arts and Crafts and much more. The centre is free and provides a fun, safe environment for children to play” according to operators Better (GLL).

The existing library is located in the heart of the estate beside shops and amenities. In keeping with many Greenwich borough estates, the shopping parade is not well maintained.

Just about the only investment in the estates main parade are endless wooden bollards – though with non-existent parking enforcement they often do very little.

It’s a shame as the estate is fundamentally a good design let down by lack of care, attention and pride from the authority and the Housing Department. In many ways they’re spending money to make it look worse with the usual blend of mess and street clutter. Always money for that.

Taken earlier this month

Greenwich Council state “Coldharbour Library costs £75,000 per annum and Coldharbour Adventure Play Centre £99,823 per annum and colocating into the Coldharbour Leisure Centre has been costed as saving almost 50 per
cent of the combined total annual running costs for a small initial capital investment.”

Count the street clutter. Count the trees

There is no information on sizes of new facilities or opening times. The question is can the same standard be maintained at half the cost?

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