Beckenham Library relocation proposal

Kirkwood studio beckenham library artist impression

Bromley Council regularly considers opportunities to improve and enhance the borough’s library sites, to enable the library service to flourish, adapt, be fit for the future, and provide an excellent community service.  As part of this we are considering relocating the current Beckenham Library to the Beckenham Public Halls, approximately 1 mile away.

What is the proposal?

A new enhanced library at the Beckenham Public Halls, circa one mile away would be paid for by the sale of the current Beckenham library site for housing, 50 per cent of which would be affordable housing.The proposal would not only provide a new library service and cultural events space, but also much needed housing.  

There are no plans to close Beckenham Library. The option being considered relocates the library to a new venue, and provides more much needed housing in the borough.

Feasibility study and engagement

The council has commissioned Bisset Adams who are working with Red Quadrant to consider the feasibility of the proposal.  As part of this feasibility study we are keen to engage with the public.

There will be a variety of public engagement events, some targeted at groups, and some for wider local residents.  We are also asking as many people as possible to take part in the engagement process by completing an online survey about the proposal.

Complete survey

We ask that as many residents as possible respond to this survey, giving consideration to the fact that the borough needs more homes and we want to not only retain our library service but enable opportunities for it to flourish and respond to changing needs.  We are seeking your views on this proposal, but also on what role you see libraries having in the future, so that the council can think how to make the best use of our community assets.

This survey will be open until 31 March 2020.

The feedback provided by this survey will be used in the feasibility study being undertaken to consider the proposal.

It is anticipated that there will be a public report this summer to consider the outcome of the feasibility study. It is important to note that if the council considers the proposal to be a viable proposition, there will be further formal public consultation on the recommendation. 

The frequently asked questions page covers questions that local residents have asked us, together with responses.