OPINION – WHEN DID CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST KNOW THEY’D GOT THE LIBRARY?
Let’s face it, the result of who gets to run the Carnegie library, Herne Hill was always going to be a foregone conclusion.
No-one in Herne Hill except Labour elements in their ivory towers is ever going to believe this wasn’t a decision made on party political grounds – even if it was officers and an independent person who made the decision.
Was the decision unanimous or a majority one?
If so, who voted in favour, who voted for the Carnegie Library Association?
Was it seen by AMCAP – the group of four Labour councillors who could have vetoed the decision if it had gone the ‘wrong’ way?
When did Lambeth council’s cabinet know of the decision?
What efforts, if any, will the Labour lemmings on Lambeth council make to ensure the group is not a Labour-dominated organisation?
When were the leaflets announcing that the Labour-dominated group had got the library and which landed on local residents doorsteps this morning printed?
When were they written?
At what day and at what time was the item announcing that Carnegie Community Trust had been given the library posted on the Love Lambeth website?
The press release quotes former Lambeth Labour councillor Carol Boucher “on behalf of the Trustees” as saying: “The Carnegie Community Trust welcomes this opportunity to start discussions with Lambeth Council on bringing the Carnegie building into community ownership.
“We are committed to working with the Council to get the library open as soon as is practically possible.”
SO WHEN WERE THE CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST TOLD OF THE DECISION?????
DID THEY KNOW BEFORE TODAY?????
IF SO, WHY? IF SO, HOW?
The press release continues, quoting her as saying: “The Trust looks forward to completing successful negotiations so that the whole community can own, use and share this important historic building by securing its future as a local community facility.”
The press release adds: “The council will work closely with the Trust over the coming months to finalise its offer aiming to complete a final agreement by the end of the year in order to re-open the building.
“The Trust have made a clear commitment to providing a community offer that increases library membership and makes wider and more extensive use of the building for and with residents from the Herne Hill, Loughborough Junction and surrounding area.
“The Trust’s Board is made up of long-term local residents who are all active in the Herne Hill community.’
Today’s report says: The assessment for community engagement was that the group demonstrated local engagement and included an ongoing marketing and communications strategy, however, the specific evidence of engagement was not included in the business plan.
SO WHY WASN’T IT ASKED FOR?
The report also states: there is a gap in their (CCT) financial costs related to expectations of income from the basement. Finally whilst the panel were content that the group would be able to build on current community engagement, some work would need to be done in re-building relationships with the Council.
HOW CAN THE REPORT SAY THE CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST “WOULD BE ABLE TO BUILD ON CURRENT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT” WHEN THEY DID NOT SEE THE SO-CALLED EVIDENCE OF THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE?
And WHY have Carnegie Library Association only been given until July 28th to put together an appeal? That isn’t just farcical, it’s utterly, utterly appalling.
At a council meeting on November 17, 2015, in a written answer to Herne Hill ward Cllr Michelle Agdomar, the then cabinet member for culture Cllr Jane Edbrooke made the following statement:
“As agreed at cabinet, officers and I will work with the Carnegie Community Trust to develop a workable proposal.”
What workable proposal was drawn up?
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
(Updated Monday July 24th)