LAMBETHWATCH: THAT WAS THE (LAMBETH) YEAR THAT WAS……..  

A chronological rundown of just SOME of the stories, sketches and opinion pieces News From Crystal Palace brought you about Lambeth council during 2017...... LAMBETH HOUSING WAITING LIST LAST UPDATED IN JANUARY 2013 – Tory opposition leader slams "porky pies" January 6, 2017 LAMBETH CAUSING PEOPLE "UNBEARABLE STRESS" – Decision to demolish Central Hill estate … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: THAT WAS THE (LAMBETH) YEAR THAT WAS……..  

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LAMBETHWATCH: QUESTIONS NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE WOULD LIKE LABOUR COUNCILLORS TO ASK IN LAMBETH COUNCIL MEETINGS (but they won’t)

Welcome to a new column in Lambethwatch - Questions News From Crystal Palace would like Labour councilors to ask at full meetings of Lambeth council (but they won't). ONE: CRESSINGHAM GARDENS Question by: Any of the three Labour councilors 'representing' Tulse Hill ward which includes Cressingham Gardens estate To: Cabinet member for housing and environment … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: QUESTIONS NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE WOULD LIKE LABOUR COUNCILLORS TO ASK IN LAMBETH COUNCIL MEETINGS (but they won’t)

LAMBETHWATCH: THE TALE OF RHIANNON AND PERCY, THE CAMPAIGNING LIBRARY BEAR (plus the latest Freedom of Information answer from Lambeth…..)

Defend The Ten‏ @defendtheten 31 Dec 2017: 17 wks to go until the local gov elections and we meet Rhiannon, a 1st year veterinary student at Liverpool University. She grew up near Carnegie Library: "all my life the library gave me unfettered access to books, films and a wonderful study space. Well, until it was … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: THE TALE OF RHIANNON AND PERCY, THE CAMPAIGNING LIBRARY BEAR (plus the latest Freedom of Information answer from Lambeth…..)

TWO LIBRARIES IN LAMBETH BEING FUNDED ON A ‘MONTH BY MONTH’ BASIS – from OUTSIDE the council’s libraries budget, say campaigners

Two of Lambeth's libraries are being funded from OUTSIDE the council's libraries budget - on a month-by-month basis, say Friends of Carnegie Library. The astonishing claim is that both the Durning library at 167 Kennington Lane, SE11 and Tate South Lambeth library at 180 South Lambeth Rd, Vauxhall, SW8 - two of four libraries which Lambeth wanted to … Continue reading TWO LIBRARIES IN LAMBETH BEING FUNDED ON A ‘MONTH BY MONTH’ BASIS – from OUTSIDE the council’s libraries budget, say campaigners

EIGHTEEN WEEKS TO GO….(Or: It was Christmas Evening, outside the library…..)

Defend The Ten‏ @defendtheten Dec 24 EIGHTEEN WEEKS TO GO….(Or: It was Christmas Evening, outside the library.....) On Christmas Eve and with 18 weeks left till the local elections we meet Louise & Steve Martin. Louise (a trained librarian who worked in bibliographic services @CarnegieLib) says "the library has been the centre of our lives … Continue reading EIGHTEEN WEEKS TO GO….(Or: It was Christmas Evening, outside the library…..)

“COUNCILS SHOULD SUPPORT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WITHIN THE LAW AND NOT SEEK TO RESTRICT THOSE WHO WRITE CRITICAL COMMENTS”

The headline above comes from a Department  of Communities and Local Government booklet dated June 2014 which News From Crystal Palace found while trawling the Internet looking for previous examples of council meetings being held behind closed doors. For those of you who have missed it, there were two meetings held by Lambeth council at … Continue reading “COUNCILS SHOULD SUPPORT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WITHIN THE LAW AND NOT SEEK TO RESTRICT THOSE WHO WRITE CRITICAL COMMENTS”

LAMBETH LEAFLET “GROSSLY MISLEADING” SAY LIBRARY FRIENDS* – “ONE ROOM IN CARNEGIE WOULD CONTAIN 18,000 BOOKS LEAVING VERY LITTLE ROOM FOR PEOPLE”

A Lambeth council leaflet being delivered to homes in the area has been slammed as "grossly misleading" by the Friends of Carnegie Library. The Friends say Lambeth's current plans would not provide a viable library or a viable gym. The library would not have sufficient space, staffing or hours to attract enough users to justify … Continue reading LAMBETH LEAFLET “GROSSLY MISLEADING” SAY LIBRARY FRIENDS* – “ONE ROOM IN CARNEGIE WOULD CONTAIN 18,000 BOOKS LEAVING VERY LITTLE ROOM FOR PEOPLE”

LAMBETHWATCH: ELECTION COUNTDOWN

19 weeks until the local government elections and we have Isaiah (15) & Elijah (12). They particularly miss Carnegie Library during school holidays. Isaiah says "it was the only place we were allowed to go on our own. It was safe and fun, we miss our trips out together" Elijah agrees: "we used to play … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: ELECTION COUNTDOWN

LAMBETHWATCH – FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Back in October News From Crystal Palace ran a piece about Lambeth People's Audit meeting MP Marcus Jones at the House of Commons with Kate Hoey MP for Vauxhall. Someone has now made a Freedom of Information request asking what went on at the meeting. Given their history of not wanting to answer Freedom of … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

IS THIS THE BIGGEST LOAD OF TOSH PRODUCED BY LAMBETH COUNCIL – EVER?

This leaflet from Lambeth council is being sent to people living near to Carnegie library Herne Hill. The leaflet - produced after Lambeth turned down an appeal by the Carnegie Library Association to take over the running of the library -  says: There will be "Experienced customer care staff" instead of librarians who will be … Continue reading IS THIS THE BIGGEST LOAD OF TOSH PRODUCED BY LAMBETH COUNCIL – EVER?