WE’VE GIVEN CONTROL OF THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY TO OUR LABOUR CHUMS – BUT YOU CAN APPEAL AGAINST OUR DECISION TO LABOUR CLLR GYM DICKSON!!!!!!!!

WE’VE GIVEN CONTROL OF THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY TO OUR LABOUR CHUMS – BUT YOU CAN APPEAL AGAINST OUR DECISION TO LABOUR CLLR GYM DICKSON!!!!!!!!

In her email to Jeff Doorn of the Carnegie Library Association – sent two hours AFTER pre-PRINTED flyers had landed on local residents doormats announcing the decision – Sue Foster Lambeth’s strategic director of neighbourhoods and growth, writes:

After careful consideration of all the documentation, including reviews undertaken by independent auditors PWC and information from the panel interviews, we have decided to identify a preferred bidder for the Asset Transfer of the Carnegie Library building, who we will work with over the coming months to reach an appropriate agreement to run the building going forward in way that maximises its potential, increases the community offer and develops a sustainable plan to manage the building, with its associated costs.

I’m afraid that the Carnegie Library Association has not been selected as our preferred bidder, and your Asset Transfer proposal has been unsuccessful.

While it was thought that your group had good expertise in regards to running a dedicated library, and that you performed well against the criteria regarding community engagement, concerns were raised about the lack of milestones and dependencies relevant to the business plan, and the risks associated with this in terms of viability.

There were also concerns regarding the estimates of business and volunteer activity, the sustainability of the proposal after the first year and the need for a proper transitional plan.  I have attached a copy of the panel report in full, and we are happy to provide further feedback where possible.

In accordance with the council’s ‘Enabling Community Asset Ownership & Management Policy’, if you wish to appeal this decision you should do so via your local ward councillor Mr Jim Dickson, who can make representations to the relevant cabinet member whose decision will be final. If you wish to appeal this recommendation you must do so no later than the close of business on the 28 July 2017.

I know that this decision will be disappointing for the organisation, but I’m sure that you will remain engaged with the project and I hope you can work constructively with all stakeholders who share the ambition to restore the building to be a real community asset long into the future.

Kind Regards Sue Foster Strategic Director of Neighbourhoods and Growth

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