Trees in the back garden of the Carnegie library, Herne Hill were felled this morning. One library campaigner told News From Crystal Palace: “Just been over. “Devastating.

“The trees are all gone. “I walked right in and took a small section of a trunk. “I spoke to the Forcia guy who I think knows what an awful task he’s been charged with overseeing.

“Our beautiful reading garden, our special library  – it’s so mindless.”

21 weeks until the Council elections, and this is Sue. A lifelong book-lover, who says @CarnegieLib “supplied me with years of wonderful reading & gave me a sense of a life in common with my neighbours & other readers”
“…I found great books, got online help & made friends through the library”. She worries “about the younger generations. I think about all those toddlers that used to turn up, singing away surrounded by books. Library visits are indeed special at all ages”
Sadly, Sue’s life-partner died unexpectedly some years ago, and Sue now spends a lot of time looking after her elderly Mum: “I wasn’t expecting life to be like this but the library was always there to buoy me up…”

Defend the Ten tweeted: “Sue is referring to previous Labour attempts in 1999 to close a number of Lambeth’s libraries, including @CarnegieLib, which contributed to Labour losing control of the council in the following election.
 “Her final question is particularly powerful: ‘Why is such an amazing thing in our cultural heritage, a comprehensive library service, being lost?’,.”

Friends of Carnegie have added the following Tweet:

Sue also played a big role in creating and maintaining the reading and wildlife garden @CarnegieLib, now being destroyed, to be taken over by gym exhaust machinery and garish gym check-in pavilion. From peaceful haven to noisy, ugly wasteland, excluding those to whom it gave wellbeing.


Friends of Carnegie Retweeted  ♻Michael J Keane  ♻

They’re making unwarranted interventions in bldg & garden proposed by Cllr & Officer, 2 squeeze space & compomise G2 listing & ACV status. When gym + “community hub” fail, they’ll sell 4 conv into luxury flats as planned since 1999.

♻Michael J Keane  ♻ @KeaneMJ Replying to @MaitreDeBallet @defendtheten and 2 others:

GLL have probably got that covered. Lambeth are in effect gifting them the building and then trying to palm off the rump that is the library on a community group. The trouble is it won’t work which is why plan is failing.

Defend The Ten Retweeted Aran Lewis‏ @aranmlewis replying to @lambeth_council @MayorofLondon and 10 others

If @MayorOfLondon @SadiqKhan does decide to bung London Borough of Culture to his mates and backers in Lambeth, could he please explain how the award fulfils this promise in his culture plan: “Work with boroughs to promote and protect London’s libraries”? http://www.

Defend The Ten also Retweeted another Aran Lewis‏ @aranmlewis Tweet:

Lambeth council, which claims it is too poor to run public libraries properly, gave £3.3 million to Cineworld to build a cinema in West Norwood library. Cineworld is so rich it is spending £2.7 billion buying up a US cinema chain … @defendtheten

(Further reading: Cineworld buys U.S. rival in £2.7 billion takeover. Daily Mail Wednesday December 6th page 67 of paper’s financial pages – Ed.).


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