News of Lambeth Labour’s latest plans for the Carnegie were revealed on the Brixton Buzz website on Friday and provoked immediate outrage:
Andrew Carnegie agreed to fund building the library on Lambeth’s assurance they would maintain it through the local rates & there was “no fear the library would be starved”. All arranged by letters; we have copies from @LambethArchives. Custodians LBL ignore predecessors promise.
Further indignities to our beloved @CarnegieLib while continuing to sideline & ignore the local community.
So @LambethLabour propose to combat central government cuts by spending £2.8m on a library that previously cost £178k a year? Surely now beyond any doubt that plans for Carnegie were never about austerity, and always about privatising a thriving public asset.
@lambeth_council shame on you. What a waste of money. People need a proper library not more gyms. You irresponsible lot of fools.
A roof terrace? Why? The library had a beautiful garden which @lambeth_council butchered. So now you’re planning a roof terrace that you want CarnegieCommunityTrust to pay for at a cost of £100.000
How about they spend that £1M on keeping our Library open?
A reminder of what has happened to Lambeth Council’s total spending as it has struggled, in its own very special way, with Tory cuts.
The situation in Lambeth just gets more and more bizarre. It’s as though they are incapable of pausing to reassess the situation.
TIE THAT LABOUR COUNCILLOR DOWN SPORT, TIE THAT COUNCILLOR DOWN….
FURTHER READING: From: “Books and Publishing – inside the AUSTRALIAN book industry:
Protesters ‘ridicule’ plan to turn London library into combined gym and self-service library
5 April 2017
About 250 campaigners attended an April Fool’s Day rally to ‘ridicule’ Lambeth Council’s decision to turn Carnegie Library, London, into ‘a healthy living centre with a self-service neighbourhood library’, reports the Bookseller. (Elizabeth Ash retweeted by Defend the Ten. Headline by News From Crystal Palace – Ed.)
Lest it be forgotten, Lambeth used to have 15 libraries. Now we are down to 10 libraries including token ones. This is the site of one of the closed ones – South Island Place library. Does anyone have pictures of it or remember using it as haven’t been able to find out much.