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Our aim is to complete the feasibility study by April 2019. A report will then be taken to the Mayor and Cabinet committee on the outcome.
If the proposal to redevelop Lewisham Library is found to be unfeasible then we will need to revisit the original proposals.
The feasibility study will focus on the financial viability of the scheme. If the scheme is found to be feasible then a full public consultation would take place to help us plan the detailed design work.
We will be looking at the staffing levels required as part of the feasibility work. Our ambition is to ensure that any temporary library is staffed for as many hours as the current Lewisham Library.
The option of redeveloping Lewisham Library was originally ruled out because we thought it would need a temporary closure. We now think that we might be able to relocate Lewisham Library during the redevelopment.
The timeline for closure or redevelopment will be informed by the feasibility study, more detail on this will be available in April 2019.
The impact of relocation will be assessed in order to inform the Mayor and Cabinet committee’s decisions on the proposal.
We understand the need for safe storage of Lewisham’s archives and will be looking for suitable storage space. Options for this will be included in the feasibility study.
The financing of the redevelopment will be a key consideration of the feasibility study. It is not possible to give a detailed response about this until the study has been completed. However, we would not consider freehold sale of the land to a private developer.
The scale of library floor space is also a consideration for the feasibility study. Our ambition is for the new library to be staffed for as many hours as it is currently, so it will not be self-service only.
The library service cuts were planned to be implemented in 2020–21 so there will be no impact on the budget in 2019–20. Any impact on 2020–21 budget will be considered in the round as part of the annual budget setting proce