A Strong Voice for Croydon Central - Gavin Barwell MP
Help me
Contact me

Former Ashburton Library future in turmoil due to Council bungling

Date Filed:  Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Gavin Barwell, Member of Parliament for Croydon Central, has met with angry members of a local church charity whose plans to renovate the dilapidated former Ashburton Library building have been scuppered by the Labour administration now in charge of Croydon Council.

The much-loved building in Ashburton Park, empty since 2006, was set to come back to life as a church, nursery and community centre this year after an agreement was made with the previous Conservative administration.

His Grace Evangelical Outreach, currently based in Thornton Heath, were planning to spend at least £700,000 on bringing it back into use. The Council took their money and gave them the keys to the building. Despite this, within days of taking control of Croydon Council, the Labour Party decided to renege on the deal.

Pastor Bola Thomas and members of the charity are rightly upset by their decision: “We have had the keys to the building since January this year. Croydon’s Cabinet agreed, the Corporate Services Committee agreed, we have a legally binding lease agreement signed in the presence of both the Council and our solicitors and had already started renovation work. We just can’t understand why the Labour Party are trying to stop us from bringing this beautiful building back to the community,” said Pastor Thomas.

Gavin Barwell MP commented: “This is frankly a dishonourable way for the Council to behave, particularly given they gave no indication in the run-up to the local elections that this is what they would do. It is also a baffling decision given they appear to have no alternative plan to bring the building back into active use.

“Pastor Thomas has every right to be upset and will have my full support in seeking to get this decision over-turned.”


For more information please contact Mario Creatura on 0207 219 6187 or mario.creatura@parliament.uk.


Gavin Barwell, 133 Wickham Road, CR0 8TE, Tel  020 8663 8741      © Gavin Barwell  2019       Promoted by Ian Parker on behalf of Gavin Barwell, both at 36 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2LG