Raynes Park to be Remembered

Raynes Park is not likely to be forgotten after a time capsule was handed over by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Margaret Brierly at the site of Merton’s newest library on Monday 24 January.

As well as providing a link with the past, the time capsule is a snapshot for future generations to see how life was like in Raynes Park in 2005. It contained
local newspapers, historical photographs, restaurant menus, train tickets and timetables, house prices, receipts and contributions from the Mayor, local schools, churches, residents associations, Merton Library and Heritage Service and AFC Wimbledon.

The new Raynes Park Library in Approach Road is expected to open this summer after the former library closed last March. It will be designed to meet the needs of all the community with stock for adults, children and teenagers.

As well as a modern community hall, the facility will feature free internet access, on-line computer access to catalogues, plasma screens and self-issue terminals.

Developed by McCarthy and Stone, the library will occupy the ground floor of the new development while retirement apartments will be built above.

Councillor Mickey Spacey, Merton’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and Community Engagement said:

“The support of the Raynes Park Library Users’ Group has so far proved very valuable in the building process and Council will also be talking to a variety of local groups this month to receive further community input into the planning of the new library.

“Our partnership with McCarthy and Stone is also proving successful and the end result should deliver a library that all residents will both enjoy using and be proud of.”