The Save York Gardens website is a place to come to find out more about York Gardens Library and Community Centre and the plans that are being made to keep it open. In March 2011, Wandsworth Council agreed a proposal which would allow the library to stay open as a ‘Big Society’ pilot project. We are now all learning what this means. We do know that we’re going to be reliant on many enthusiastic local people and volunteers. This library needs you!
The library and community centre serves some of the most deprived communities in Wandsworth and in November 2010 it was threatened with closure. A community campaign has saved the library but to save money the council has decided that it will now be run as a Direct Services Organisation, with much reduced staffing and funding.
We have got to this point following a successful campaign by local people, which really did make a difference. Without this campaign the library would be closing later this year.
The campaign has included: leaflets, petitions, TV news reports, public meetings, speeches in committees and full council meetings and word-of-mouth from people on the Kambala, Winstanley and York Road Estates.
This website is now looked after by members of the Friends of York Gardens – a community group which is working with the council to keep the library going.
If you’d like more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on this site.