Baron’s Court library, earmarked for closure and sale, will be transferred to community ownership.
The library closure was part of the programme of spending cuts proposed by LB Hammersmith & Fulham last year. Consultation showed significant local opposition to the closure, and now instead of closure and sale, the council has agreed to simply withdraw funding and allow the community to run the asset as a community centre.
The Council had planned to sell off the Library and move services into a new development in Beadon Road. The listed building in Shepherd’s Bush Road will now be retained, and an agreement with Avonmore Primary School about transferring responsibility for the Barons Court site, which, reports the Fulham Chronicle, could be rebranded as the Avonmore Neighbourhood Centre with some space given over the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Ealing Hammersmith and West London College and other local organisations.