Boris opens a new chapter for Pollards Hill

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, declared Pollards Hill Library officially open and ready for the start of a new chapter at the library’s official launch earlier today.

The mayor took a tour of the library’s new state of the art facilities and unveiled an official plaque to the Pollards Hill community to commemorate the official opening and his visit.

Last month, the library reopened its doors to more than 1000 visitors on the first day alone after a nine-month wait and over £1million worth of refurbishments. The new building is over 30% bigger allowing for three dedicated learning rooms, which are custom made for exciting new courses and community activities.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: ‘Libraries are a hugely important part of any community so it’s fantastic to see places like Pollard’s Hill receiving such a boost. Funding that will not only enable them to keep up the wonderful services they already supply but to branch out and offer ever more exciting ideas and facilities to local people.’

Councillor Linda Scott, cabinet member for housing and community services said: “We are thrilled to have the Mayor of London in Merton to open our new Pollards Hill Library officially.

“Residents have really taken to the new facilities and activities on offer and we’re confident that this bigger and brighter library will soon become a real centre point for the community.”

Refreshments were served at the official launch and visitors to the library will also have an opportunity to take part in the celebrations at the library this afternoon from 4pm to 7pm.

Entertainment for the children will be in full swing along with historical displays about the Merton area, musical performances and a cultural foods and cooking books display, all served up alongside some tasty cultural canapés.

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Pollards Hill was the well-deserved recipient of a financial boost in 2008, as Merton council secured a grant of nearly £1million from the Big Lottery Fund – the largest single, successful funding bid in the library service’s history.

Courses available at the library include English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), fashion and media, beaded jewellery making, health and fitness sessions as well as fun family activities. A full list of courses is available at http://www.merton.gov.uk/phlib. To book a place or for more information, email pollardshill.library@merton.gov.uk or call 020 8274 5741.