LIBRARY CAMPAIGNERS TO LOBBY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

Library campaigners are lobbying tonight's full meeting of Lambeth council at the town hall in Brixton (Wednesday). Organisers Defend the Ten say: "Unfortunately the council have refused our (request for a) deputation but we have to keep the pressure up and we will be lobbying them as they arrive. "So far with library staff removed, … Continue reading LIBRARY CAMPAIGNERS TO LOBBY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

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OPINION: THE COMEDY STORE PLAYS LAMBETH TOWN HALL

Lambeth council are a reporter's dream - and a residents nightmare. The latest piece of nonsensical spin from Lambeth is due to be aired at this Wednesday's meeting of Lambeth council where there are questions, motions but, as the agenda states today (Monday) "Reports – none listed for this meeting". (A full council meeting with … Continue reading OPINION: THE COMEDY STORE PLAYS LAMBETH TOWN HALL

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO LAMBETH LIBRARIES? MARCH 2016

Back in March 2016 Lambeth council issued an information / disinformation piece headed: "What is happening to Lambeth libraries.?" At the time News From Crystal Palace wrote a spoof version of it. We thought we'd posted it. Here, better late than never, - and updated - is the UNOFFICIAL version. What is happening to Lambeth … Continue reading WHAT IS HAPPENING TO LAMBETH LIBRARIES? MARCH 2016

LAMBETHWATCH: ARE LAMBETH COUNCIL OFFICERS PULLING THE WOOL OVER THE EYES OF LABOUR COUNCILLORS?

Last week's meeting of Lambeth council's corporate committee contained a report covering the Freedom of Information Act and related issues. The council's corporate committee is (very ably) chaired by Cllr Adrian Garden. It's not politicallly partisan, it just deals with what the committee wants to know. Basically it's the council's watchdog for a whole raft … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: ARE LAMBETH COUNCIL OFFICERS PULLING THE WOOL OVER THE EYES OF LABOUR COUNCILLORS?

LAMBETH COUNCIL TO SPEND AN EXTRA £1,073,000 ON CARNEGIE ‘BUILDING’ (but without the roof terrace…)

Lambeth council are set to spend a further £1,073,000 on the Carnegie 'building' at Herne Hill. The proposed move is the latest example in a long, long list of Lambeth's 'money pit' spending in yet another 'delegated decision' report by cabinet members and / or council officers without it having to go to ANY council … Continue reading LAMBETH COUNCIL TO SPEND AN EXTRA £1,073,000 ON CARNEGIE ‘BUILDING’ (but without the roof terrace…)

LAMBETHWATCH: CARNEGIE LIBRARY AND THE ORGANISATION NOW KNOWN AS……

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 … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: CARNEGIE LIBRARY AND THE ORGANISATION NOW KNOWN AS……

LAMBETHWATCH: MANIFESTOES FROM ELSEWHERE / VIRGINIA WOOLF ON SOCIAL MEDIA / ….AND THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

MANIFESTOES Architects for Social Housing (ASH) had a manifesto of their own when they launched their book-length report about Central Hill estate, Crystal Palace on Thursday. "At present, residents are presented with the choice between demolition and redevelopment and a lack of maintenance and managed decline. For ballots to constitute a genuine consensus from the … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: MANIFESTOES FROM ELSEWHERE / VIRGINIA WOOLF ON SOCIAL MEDIA / ….AND THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

CARNEGIE LIBRARY BOMBSHELL: LAMBETH PLAN TO GIVE BUILDING TO GREENWICH LEISURE TO RUN IF ‘COMMUNITY’ PLAN FAILS  

Lambeth council plan to give the Carnegie library at Herne Hill to Greenwich Leisure to run if their deal with the Carnegie Community Trust falls through. The bombshell claim comes in a letter signed by former Lambeth Labour councillors Carol Boucher and Fred Taggart who sensationally quit the Trust late last year - and then … Continue reading CARNEGIE LIBRARY BOMBSHELL: LAMBETH PLAN TO GIVE BUILDING TO GREENWICH LEISURE TO RUN IF ‘COMMUNITY’ PLAN FAILS  

LAMBETHWATCH OPINION: NOW YOU KNOW HOW THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FEELS (and a yellow card for Defend the Ten)

There will be a lot of anger and a lot of frustration at the comments made in the letter to Clive Betts MP by former Lambeth Labour councillors and ex-Carnegie Community Trust members Carol Boucher and Fred Taggart which appears on the Brixton Blog website. The letter is mainly concerned with the transfer of local … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH OPINION: NOW YOU KNOW HOW THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FEELS (and a yellow card for Defend the Ten)

CARNEGIE LIBRARY: THE BOUCHER / TAGGART LETTER IN FULL

The letter from Carol Boucher and Fred Taggart in full. Lines in bold type by News From Crystal Palace - Ed. To:Clive Betts MP Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee House of Commons 28h March 2018 Dear Mr Betts Transfer of Local Government Assets to Community Groups. Since 2012 a group of local residents … Continue reading CARNEGIE LIBRARY: THE BOUCHER / TAGGART LETTER IN FULL