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…..)

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LAMBETH TURN DOWN CARNEGIE APPEAL

Carnegie Library Association have lost their appeal against Lambeth council's decision to gift the Herne Hill library to the secretive self-elected Carnegie Community Trust. Jeff Doorn of the Carnegie Library Association, who is also chairman of Friends of Carnegie Library, told News From Crystal Palace: "I received the decision notice on 6 December, with a … Continue reading LAMBETH TURN DOWN CARNEGIE APPEAL

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: WATCHDOG SLAMS LAMBETH 

The Information Commissioner’s Office have told Lambeth council to issue a fresh response to a Freedom of Information request about the Carnegie library, Herne Hill made by News From Crystal Palace. And that new response must NOT rely on the Environmental Information Regulation which Lambeth council used to refuse the request, say the ICO. The … Continue reading FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: WATCHDOG SLAMS LAMBETH 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TWO – “THE COUNCIL DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE TARGETED ITS SEARCHES APPROPRIATELY” – ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office report says: 40. In the Commissioner's view, the council does not appear to have targeted its searches appropriately. It is not clear, for instance, whether the council has sought to identify those individuals who would have been members of the Carnegie Community Trust at the relevant period. This organisation is still … Continue reading FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TWO – “THE COUNCIL DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE TARGETED ITS SEARCHES APPROPRIATELY” – ICO

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION THREE: THE COUNCIL’S POSITION

The ICO report states: 23. In this case, initially, the council explained to the complainant that: "there would be approximately five officers within the relevant team who may have had correspondence about this issue although we cannot guarantee that these are the only relevant individuals. Some of these or other officers may also have since … Continue reading FREEDOM OF INFORMATION THREE: THE COUNCIL’S POSITION

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION FOUR: BACKGROUND TO THIS REQUEST….

From the report: 5 On 22 May 2017, the complainant made the following request for information from the council: "I am revising my request to ask for:   1: Any emails dated November 2012 and December 2012 to or from Lambeth council to the organisation now known as Carnegie Community Trust relating to the Carnegie library, … Continue reading FREEDOM OF INFORMATION FOUR: BACKGROUND TO THIS REQUEST….

CARNEGIE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION READY TO STEP IN

Carnegie Library Association - the group which lost out in its bid to take over the Herne Hill building - say they are ready to step in. "But we need the co-operation of the council to do this and it has so far been withheld." Their comments follow the resignation of two ex-Lambeth Labour councillors … Continue reading CARNEGIE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION READY TO STEP IN

CARNEGIE LIBRARY SENSATION: EX-LABOUR COUNCILLORS QUIT GROUP “Lambeth’s deal with Greenwich Leisure still not fully clear to us” say Trust

Two of the five self-elected members of the Carnegie Community trust – which is set to take over the running of the Carnegie library Herne Hill – have sensationally quit. In a statement released yesterday (29th) the Trust say: “In view of the actions and behaviour of the council, its failure to deal with the … Continue reading CARNEGIE LIBRARY SENSATION: EX-LABOUR COUNCILLORS QUIT GROUP “Lambeth’s deal with Greenwich Leisure still not fully clear to us” say Trust

LAMBETHWATCH – CARNEGIE LIBRARY APPEAL SHOCKS (or: WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? – PART TWO)…

 Defend The Ten Retweeted (((mORGANICo)))‏ @mORGANICo_cOM saw this on way home in #Lambeth as locals mourning #loss of #library ...£5 MILLION 'HERITAGE CENTRE' PLANNED - LIBRARY TO REVERT IN 'VERY TRUNCATED FORM' TO LAMBETH? Plans to turn Carnegie library Herne Hill into a £5 million heritage centre - with the library being run in a "very truncated … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – CARNEGIE LIBRARY APPEAL SHOCKS (or: WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? – PART TWO)…

WHY THE CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST GOT ALMOST £40,000 FOR THE LIBRARY

Outside the Carnegie library Herne Hill. Defend the Ten Tweeted: 29 weeks till election day and we meet Ceres (retired teacher) and Bernard (actor and photographer, 84). Both had used @CarnegieLib since 1971. And sarabredemear‏ @sarabredemear Tweeted: Ruskin Readers: One of the groups @LambethLabour evicted with no warning from @CarnegieLib. Because they had no idea what … Continue reading WHY THE CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST GOT ALMOST £40,000 FOR THE LIBRARY