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A busy last day for the Strood Community Project

23 January 2014
by Rebecca Hughes

Nearly 1,000 people visited a charity shop on its final day of trading.

Strood Community Project closed its doors on Saturday in order to make way for Medway Council’s proposed new library and community hub.

Staff and volunteers at Strood Community Project's charity shop on their final day of trading

The council plans to close the existing library and establish a new centre in the High Street, despite more than 4,000 people signing petitions against the move.

More than 900 people came through the shop on the final day of trading to bid the staff farewell and to snap up a bargain as stock had to go. By the end of the day customers could fill a carrier bag paying just £1.

“We’ve been really touched by the messages of support,” said Paul Robinson, chief executive of Strood Community Project. “People have been coming in just to wish us well for the future.”

Mr Robinson had hoped another premises could be found locally but that nothing had yet been agreed.

Cllr Isaac Igwe (Lab) is due to question the council about the proposal at a full meeting tonight (Thursday).

He was asking: “Is the council leadership going to listen to the displeased voices of Strood residents and stakeholders who elected them and stop taking any further action that will polarise rather than unite our peaceful community?”

People against the closure will be turning up at the council meeting in a London red double decker bus. 

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