Local controversy is mounting over the future of the former Rotherhithe Library and civic centre in Albion Street.
This week Southwark’s cabinet approved in principle plans to develop new council homes on the site – a move supported by the Rotherhithe Area Housing Forum whose chairman Barry Duckett addressed the meeting in support of the plans.
However there is a rival proposal from Sublime Magazine to turn the building into a ‘centre for sustainability and social enterprise.
Sublime claims that the centre will lead research into renewable energy, environmental design and the delivery of education on sustainable practices. It will promote local skills and manufacture, support social enterprise and media-training activities for local young people.
Sublime’s proposal has been branded as “awful” by Cllr Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for resources, who tweeted:
— Richard Livingstone (@Livingstone_RJ) October 23, 2013
An e-petition calling on the council to consider the sustainability centre plan has so far attracted 236 signatures. It must reach 500 to force the cabinet to consider their request.