“COUNCIL SHOULD PAY RENT FOR LIBRARY GYM IF GREENWICH LEISURE DON’T” SAY LABOUR-DOMINATED GROUP (and there’s no planning permission to let business users back in)

Defend The Ten‏ @defendtheten tweeted: Election countdown wk 30 & we meet Winsome. Her family used @CarnegieLib for 10 yrs; her grandson Marc (8) got his 1st library card there. Winsome says “Carnegie Library means special times with my daughter and grandson”. A librarian helped Marc join the library. Winsome’s family miss their library visits and wish @CarnegieLib was still open.

“COUNCIL SHOULD PAY RENT FOR LIBRARY GYM IF GREENWICH LEISURE DON’T” SAY LABOUR-DOMINATED GROUP (and there’s no planning permission to let business users back in)

Lambeth council should pay the market rent for the unwanted gym in the basement of the Carnegie library at Herne Hill if Greenwich Leisure don’t.

That’s the message from the the Labour-dominated Carnegie Community Trust set to take over the running of the grade II listed building.

It’s the latest bonkers chapter in the Carnegie Saga.

As News From Crystal Palace has previously reported Lambeth council have steamed ahead with plans to put a gym in the basement of the library despite massive opposition from everybody but themselves.

Monies from renting out the basement would go towards funding the library, Lambeth argued.

The council, which has been congratulating itself on its “improved financial management”, then announced that Greenwich Leisure could have the gym in the basement RENT-FREE for the first five years after it opens.

Lambeth gave the Carnegie Community Trust, a secretive self-elected group of five which includes two former Lambeth Labour councillors, the go-ahead to take over the library in preference to the Carnegie Library Association, a group which includes the Friends of Carnegie Library and other local organisations and which has huge support among the local community and library users.

Originally the plans would have seen the gym also occupy much of the main floor of the library.

But in the latest twist Carnegie Community Trust now say: “It is essential that the trust as a charity receives rent for the use of the basement as a gym at an agreed market rate, to ensure both that the community gets compensation for the occupation of the basement by a commercial organisation and that capital funding grant applications might succeed.

“An independent valuation which supports the rental figures included in our business plan has been completed and is now with our solicitor.

“The trust are strongly advised that unless the occupier of the basement (Greenwich Leisure) can pay a market rent to the trust, the legal structure should ensure that Lambeth council makes good this deficit.

“The suggested structure is for Lambeth council to have an intermediate lease from the Trust whereby the trust is paid this rent by Lambeth council, and Lambeth enters into a sub-lease with Greenwich Leisure.

“This income will be invested in the Carnegie Community Hub to secure its future on a sustainable basis.”

The trust also warns that the existing planning consent does not allow for the self-employed business use which is the other key income stream in their business plan “so this will need to be re-instated.”

And the capital funding which Lambeth have allocated to the excavation of the basement and associated works on the other floors will need to be capable of being specified as match funding for the Heritage Lottery application which will be made by the trust.

The trust’s full statement can be found at: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?e=060c1ef6f1&u=a3ee59273415126a3478cdd9d&id=3cae06b24b

Further reading: A selection of just some of the Carnegie Saga chapters on this website:

CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST CRITICISE NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE September 14, 2017

CARNEGIE LIBRARY TRUSTEES COULD QUIT IF BASEMENT EXCAVATION GOES AHEAD August 18, 2017

CARNEGIE LIBRARY SITUATION DESCENDS INTO FARCE Secret Community Trust say Lambeth gave them £100,000 – but Lambeth say it’s £39,000…….. August 17, 2017

WE’VE GIVEN CONTROL OF THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY TO OUR LABOUR CHUMS – BUT YOU CAN APPEAL AGAINST OUR DECISION TO LABOUR CLLR GYM DICKSON!!!!!!!! July 21, 2017

LAMBETHWATCH – UTTERLY BONKERS PART TWO: Lambeth council’s latest reason for refusing a Freedom of Information request:  “PEOPLE NOT INTERESTED IN SECRET CARNEGIE LIBRARY GROUP” (And estate agents should note that Herne Hill is in a wetlands area.) July 12, 2017

CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST: WHERE ONLY FIVE TRUSTEES HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE March 10, 2017

CARNEGIE LIBRARY CLOSED FOR ANOTHER YEAR AS GREENWICH LEISURE GO AHEAD WITH CONTROVERSIAL GYM PLANS November 09, 2016

CARNEGIE GYM WITH ‘LIBRARY’ PLANS – THE HORRIFYING TRUTH:

CARNEGIE GYM WITH ‘LIBRARY’ PLANS – THE HORRIFYING TRUTH:
‘LIBRARY’ WILL BE CONFINED TO EXISTING CHILDREN’S LIBRARY AND ART GALLERY October 11, 2016

TREES TO BE FELLED IN READING GARDEN SO GREENWICH LEISURE CAN BUILD A BOILER ROOM – AND MORE…AS ‘EXHIBITION’ FARCE IS SET TO CAUSE UPROAR

Lambeth libraries – Frequently asked questions May 06, 2016

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