Back in early April during election Purdah News From Crystal Palace submitted the following question/s to Lambeth council’s press office:
“I am aware we are in the election Purdah period but is there any official Lambeth council statement on the letter from ex Cllrs Boucher and Taggart to Clive Betts MP as reported on the Brixton Blog website please?”**
No reply – so last week News From Crystal Palace emailed the press office to see if there was any comment – and received the following reply:
We issued this at the time*:
“The council is still working with the Carnegie Community Trust (CCT) and the group are in position to take over management of the building soon. “The council recognise the huge amount of work the group has done and by working with them and GLL over the coming years, we will keep the building, and library, open long into the future.
“GLL will work in a new part of the building, taking nothing away from the community and library use, and future rent will include a share of profits from the gym.
“The work on refitting the building has not gone over the agreed budget and is on track to open fully later this year.
“Lambeth council has successfully undertaken several asset transfer agreements in recent years and we hope that the Carnegie and CCT agreement will work in much the same way as Upper Norwood library, under the management of the Upper Norwood Library Trust.”
*but not to News From Crystal Palace – Ed.
**CARNEGIE LIBRARY: THE BOUCHER / TAGGART LETTER IN FULL – April 5th 2018 this website
LAMBETHWATCH OPINION: NOW YOU KNOW HOW THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FEELS (and a yellow card for Defend the Ten) – April 5th 2018