Dagenham British Legion set to move into former library
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A branch of the Royal British Legion are set to move into a former library, after the council agreed measures to buy the charity’s current home.
Legion members currently based in Rectory Road will rent out Rectory Library further up the street through a 10-year lease, after cabinet members voted to acquire the charity’s current site for residential purposes on Wednesday last week.
The council already own the adjacent car park – leased to the charity through a 999-year agreement – but both transactions are subject to a market valuation and agreement with the borough’s planning team.
The library, which has been vacant for a number of years, had already been offered to the Territorial Army (TA) who were granted a lease by cabinet in June 2013, although the plans to establish a unit in the borough never materialised.
Young people’s educational group Leaping Toads, who currently use the former library are developing another base close to Valence Library, in Becontree Avenue.
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“This is a good news story,” said cabinet member for finance Cllr Dominic Twomey.
“It’s an opportunity not just to help out a local community organisation but also to acquire some land ourselves.”
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