LAMBETHWATCH: KNOLLYS YARD – OR: HOW LAMBETH COUNCIL DIDN’T GET THEIR WAY (FOR ONCE) / LAMBETH SPIN / SEVEN WEEKS TO GO

SEVEN WEEKS TO GO: “I AM VERY SORRY MY DAUGHTER HAS MISSED OUT ON ALL THIS DURING HER A-LEVEL STUDIES” – please see separate story at end.

KNOLLYS YARD – OR: HOW LAMBETH COUNCIL DIDN’T GET THEIR WAY (FOR ONCE)
 
The latest issue of PR Week (for public relations people) carries a story headlined:  BECG FOUND NOT TO HAVE BREACHED PRCA RULES AFTER LAMBETH COUNCIL COMPLAINT (March 09, 2018 written by Sam Burne James).

It transpires that the BECG are a firm representing developer Be Living and the PRCA are the
Public Relations and Communications Association.

PR Week reports that: “the council complained to the PRCA late last month that the agency’s communications were ‘misleading’,”. (Regular readers may feel that such a statement coming from Lambeth council is a bit rich – and that’s putting it mildly).

A PRCA spokesman told News From Crystal Palace: “That PRWeek story is based on the communication to BECG and Lambeth stating that the complaint would not be taken forward for consideration by the Professional Practices Committee and the PRCA Arbitration and Disciplinary Procedures.

“We do not publish or share the correspondence – although we obviously publish the outcome of complaints that we do consider and do take forward.

“I believe this is the first time that there was been media coverage around a complaint *not* being considered and *not* being taken forward; this is most likely because of the earlier coverage in Inside Housing (magazine) as the complaint was raised with ourselves.”

PR Week quoted a Lambeth council spokesperson thus: “We are disappointed that the PRCA has decided not to take the complaint forward. “However it remains false to suggest Lambeth council is proposing opening a waste or recycling facility at Knollys Yard.

“We believe it is misleading to present this as a realistic alternative to private developer Be Living’s housing proposal.

“We do see this site as potentially playing an important role in local job creation and will be consulting on potential business use of the site to achieve that aim later in the year. “We will also continue to push developers in Lambeth to deliver on genuine affordable housing.”

(There’s no point in News From Crystal Palace wasting time by asking Lambeth council’s press office as they no longer bother replying to any question we put to them. But, just to cover our backs, we have anyway.)

Knollys Yard is in West Norwood is surrounded by railway tracks. Access is via Cameron Place SW16 2HQ, off Knollys Road.

Further reading: Council complaint against developer PR campaign rebuffed 09/03/18 Inside Housing by Nathaniel Barker

FEES FOR CONSULTANTS
 
Lambeth council has entered into a contract with Fotheringham Associates Ltd at a cost of £110,000 to provide the analysis phase of the GDPR General Data Protection Regulation statutory compliance program.

(Further contributions welcome Ed.)

LAMBETH SPIN – LIB PECK NOW LEADER OF THE HOUSE!!!

From Lambeth Weekly Bulletin:

Celebrating International Women’s Day

It’s been 100 years since Emmeline Pankhurst and others led the Suffragette movement and won the fight for women to vote in the UK. To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March we invited Councillor Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture and Leader of the House, Lib Peck to discuss women in today’s society.

Also from Lambeth Weekly Bulletin:

Lambeth tops ‘good parks for London’ list

A new report into how local authorities are using innovation to protect London’s parks and green spaces – despite funding cuts – puts Lambeth top of the league table. A new ‘Good Parks for London’ report puts Lambeth at number one – with a score of 19.5 out of 20 – for how well local authorities in the city are protecting parks.

Er….not quite. While Lambeth did score 19.5 out of 20 so did Lewisham and Southwark.

“I AM VERY SORRY MY DAUGHTER HAS MISSED OUT ON ALL THIS DURING HER A-LEVEL STUDIES”

From Defend The Ten‏ @defendtheten:

Here we are at week 7 of the Local Election Countdown, and we joined by Patricia Bond (known as Patty): “As a secondary school teacher, I have witnessed directly the negative impacts of life without this library.”

“Some of my A-Level and GCSE students who live locally found themselves in situations where, for various stressful reasons, they did not have quiet and safe spaces to revise at home.”

“In the past, I would’ve recommended The Carnegie Library as the perfect place for out-of-school revision. No Carnegie has meant that students in those situations had no choice but to rely on the charity of friends with families who can provide them w/ the quiet space they need”

“Ironically, the very reason why Andrew Carnegie donated his money to build over 2,500 libraries; a positive learning experience for all without having to rely on the kindness of individuals.”

“The library was a regular part of my life as a teacher. I used it as a marking space. I could set regular out-of- school working hours and take my marking to the library focusing on the work without the distractions of a busy home.”

“Working in the library allowed me to keep home for relaxing.”

“With my flask of tea and three hours in the library, I could get through essays, exams and planning with resources at my fingertips should I wish to check something. It made a material difference to the quality of my life both at work and at home.”

“As a mother living in the local area, this library has formed an important part of my family life, providing a place for my children to learn and taking them on a journey from Story Time, to Chess Club, to independently running up the road to take out books or DVDs.”

“They used the library for revision and research during their exams. My son comes home from university and still longs for that warm, quiet space with friendly librarians, the gentle hubbub of local activity plus the beautiful garden”

“I am very sorry that my daughter has missed out on all this during her A-Level studies.’”

“In the new temporary library (set to shrink after the election) there are librarians for only 2 hrs per day, no disabled access, noise from the excavation of the basement, the garden blocked off and trashed to be replaced by large air con units…

…and no central heating due to the boiler being removed. Most relocated activities have not returned after 22 month closure.”

Patty’s concerns are timely. Lambeth is lucky to be home to many outstanding schools, however the Councils inept running of the public library service is failing the great many ambitious, bright, talented youngsters in the Borough.

This ineptitude was most recently seen when the Carnegie Library was reopened briefly before being closed because of a lack of heating, and then to allow construction work to be completed.

Lambeths young people deserve public libraries such as those enjoyed (and used in great numbers by) their peers in neighbouring Boroughs like Southwark where, despite facing austerity, the Council has actually built additional new libraries in recent years.

Maybe one day Lambeth will recognise the importance of public libraries in supporting kids from all backgrounds to broaden their horizons and achieve their ambitions, not least the ones who do not have, as Patty says, “quiet and safe spaces to revise at home”.

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