LAMBETHWATCH: SIGN OF THE TIMES; THE CASE OF THE VANISHING LIBRARIES – AND PAPER CANDIDATES

NOT LISTENING……

This sign has appeared outside a house in Herne Hill. Defend The Ten Retweeted Gaby Gassner‏ @GassnerDesign
Pretty damning poster. It’s sadly so true as I can confirm as long-suffering resident.

THE CASE OF THE VANISHING LIBRARIES

 

IS IT GOING TO GET DIRTY IN LAMBETH’S MAY ELECTIONS?:

PAPER CANDIDATES

Vauxhall Labour‏ @VauxhallLabour posted the following:

So @LambethLibDems have “fielded a full slate of 63 candidates” for the Local Elections. Question is – how many actually want to be your @LibDems councillor?

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Paper candidates have existed in local council elections for many, many years. Sometimes paper candidates do get elected. Question: How did Vauxhall Labour get hold of this document?…..)

ELSEWHERE ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

RACHEL HEYWOOD

Defend The Ten Retweeted Jason_Cobb‏ @Jason_Cobb

Support residents when your local library is turned into a gym? Question the support of #gardenbridge backing? Campaign to save local traders in #Brixton arches? That will be a FIVE YEAR ban for @cllrheywood from @LambethLabour. Five years, what a surprise, etc. Fools.

Defend The Ten Retweeted SaveLambethLibraries‏ @SaveLambthLibs

Our friend and ally @cllrheywood has been kicked out of @UKLabour for 5 years. If you live in #coldharbour #brixton make sure you #VoteRachel on May 3 @LambethLabour will probably win Council control but the least we can do is give them a good bloody nose. @cllrpeck must go!

Defend The Ten Retweeted Kate Hoey‏Verified account @KateHoeyMP

Thankyou Rachel for all your hard work campaigning to save our libraries and your willingness to think independently #principlesmatter

CARNEGIE LIBRARY GARDEN

Lambeth CouncilVerified account @lambeth_council

The best placed people to help community gardeners are other community gardeners – join the map and find out who you’re best placed to work with http://love.lambeth.gov.uk/iel-map/

Defend The Ten RetweetedHelen‏ @jhgm50

Helen Retweeted Lambeth Council

Reminds me of wonderful Carnegie Library Wildlife & Reading Garden. Represented thousands of voluntary hours and many generous grants and donations. All trashed for GLL gym air con units. @FrndsofCarnegie @defendtheten

PUBLIC LIBRARIES NEWS

Here’s the intro to the latest Public Libraries News post, written weekly by Ian Anstice:

Northants gets taken to court over library cuts, twice by Ian Anstice

Northamptonshire council, already becoming a by-word for mismanagement, with the Government expected to bring in commissioners to run it, is now facing not one but two legal challenges against cuts to its library services. Such challenges can be very hit and miss but Northants has been such a good example of what not to do that I reckon there’s a good chance.

Just to drive the point home, the council is now, apparently in all seriousness, aiming to use libraries as advertising spaces to bring in extra money. Whether there be any space left, what with the protest placards, though, is hard to say.

As a counterweight to this desperation, it’s important to remember good things are happening elsewhere. For example, I’ve included a few designing libraries stories in this post, as I often do. These show refurbishments and new library buildings (although many are co-locations) and the pictures are often a joy to behold. I advise you to have a quick look at one to wash off the disgust if you read one of the Northants articles.

The item continues with news from councils including:

Lambeth – Lambeth candidates sign the pledge: vote library – News from Crystal Palace. Pictures of councillors who signed pledge not to cut libraries. see also Rachel Heywood thrown out of the Labour party and given a five year ban for standing as an Independent – Brixton Buzz. “Heywood wasn’t happy with party policy on estate ‘regeneration,’ book-ish gyms and what she described as a “control and command” approach to local government…..” (Source: Public Libraries News)

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