SECRET COUNCIL EMAILS ON CARNEGIE LIBRARY REVEALED. WHAT LAMBETH DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

Secret emails about the Carnegie library, Herne Hill have FINALLY been revealed by Lambeth council following a series of Freedom of Information requests by News From Crystal Palace. The only controversial element the emails reveals relates to consultations on a questionnaire issued by the Carnegie library project group / shadow trust board. The freshly disclosed … Continue reading SECRET COUNCIL EMAILS ON CARNEGIE LIBRARY REVEALED. WHAT LAMBETH DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

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BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: OUR CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER AND THE 19 ‘CARNEGIE’ E-MAILS

The following is the correspondence relating to News From Crystal Palace's Freedom of Information appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office: (Abbreviations: EIR Environmental Information regulations; FOIA Freedom of Information Act) On December 3rd 2018 the ICO wrote: Between 17 January 2017 and 4 September 2017 you submitted 14 separate requests for information to the Council. … Continue reading BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: OUR CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER AND THE 19 ‘CARNEGIE’ E-MAILS

LAMBETHWATCH DIARY: 164 plus 13 = 159. (IT’S THE HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN)

Peoples Audit‏ @PeoplesAudit This is from the back of a fag packet Homes for #Lambeth business plan(sic). You would like to think that an organisation that will be spending £300M of public money could add up. But no. Tom Keene‏ @anthillsocialRetweeted Peoples Audit That's unbelievable - a company expected to run a capital budget of £1.6 billion … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH DIARY: 164 plus 13 = 159. (IT’S THE HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN)

CABINET SET TO GIVE GO-AHEAD TO HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN

The business plan for the highly controversial Homes for Lambeth estate demolitions schemes is set to get the go-ahead at Lambeth council's cabinet on Monday. A report to the cabinet says the reason for adopting a business plan is "to create an operating framework for the respective boards and a means by which the shareholder, … Continue reading CABINET SET TO GIVE GO-AHEAD TO HOMES FOR LAMBETH BUSINESS PLAN

OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH ONE: PIE IN THE SKY (as in ‘an unrealistically Utopian plan or project’)

The report to next Monday's Lambeth council cabinet meeting on Homes for Lambeth has more holes in it than the proverbial colander. Both the report, and the 'business plan' accompanying it, make various assumptions and leave a whole range of unanswered questions. THE REPORT TO CABINET: Finance 3.1 In agreeing this to the recommendations set … Continue reading OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH ONE: PIE IN THE SKY (as in ‘an unrealistically Utopian plan or project’)

OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH TWO – THE BUSINESS PLAN: THE RATEPAYERS WILL BAIL US OUT

On Monday Lambeth council's Labour cabinet meet to rubberstamp the business plan of their unwanted and highly controversial Homes for Lambeth scheme. Homes for Lambeth came about because the council claim they do not have the money to repair council estates in sought-after locations across the borough. But they can find £29 million to spend … Continue reading OPINION HOMES FOR LAMBETH TWO – THE BUSINESS PLAN: THE RATEPAYERS WILL BAIL US OUT

LAMBETHWATCH: “ALWAYS WELCOMING – THAT’S LAMBETH” (No answer to that, is there?) MEANWHILE IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP INVESTIGATE LAMBETH NOW’S THE TIME:

Lambeth council have completed a Senior Management Review which has seen a number of departures and arrivals at Strategic Director and Director level, its Love Lambeth website reports. Dated February 26th, this won't be news to our readers - News From Crystal Palace reported the details back on February 12th. But Love Lambeth does include … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: “ALWAYS WELCOMING – THAT’S LAMBETH” (No answer to that, is there?) MEANWHILE IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP INVESTIGATE LAMBETH NOW’S THE TIME:

LAMBETHWATCH: MEETING CANCELLED

IMPORTANT: MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO ILL HEALTH - LAMBETH ESTATES AGAINST DEMOLITION Residents from Central Hill, Cressingham Gardens, and Westbury estates were due to speak at a fringe meeting which was to have been held at the Labour London Regional Conference 2nd March 2019 atThe West Indian Cultural Centre, N8ODD To be rescheduled at the … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: MEETING CANCELLED

LAMBETHWATCH: AS LONG AS THEY GAZE ON WATERLOO LIBRARY…. ARE THEY IN PARADISE?*

DEFEND THE TEN ON THE FORMER WATERLOO LIBRARY...AND THE CURRENT WATERLOO 'LIBRARY': Defend The Ten‏ @defendtheten Feb 18 Shoppers browsing in the boutique store or working in one of the workstations at the ‘Granby Space’ at 114-118 Lower Marsh in SE1 would have no way of knowing the history of the site, which was previously a public … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: AS LONG AS THEY GAZE ON WATERLOO LIBRARY…. ARE THEY IN PARADISE?*

LAMBETHWATCH: CHUKA CHUCKS LABOUR – REACTION

Lambeth now only have two Labour MPs following the decision by Streatham MP Chuka Umunna to join the newly-formed Independent group of MPs. His resignation follows a recent Streatham constituency Labour party meeting which voted to switch from a general committee (GC) delegate structure to holding all-member meetings (AMMs). A (very politely phrased) joint statement … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: CHUKA CHUCKS LABOUR – REACTION