OPINION: Lambeth’s official guidance says “All Freedom of Information responses must be published on the Disclosure Log”…..

News From Crystal Palace finds itself somewhat bemused by Lambeth council's Freedom of Information caseworkers guide. We currently have EIGHT separate appeals under the Freedom of Information Act being considered by the Information Commissioner's Office on a wide variety of subjects after Lambeth's FOI team refused to answer them. The appeals were lodged back in … Continue reading OPINION: Lambeth’s official guidance says “All Freedom of Information responses must be published on the Disclosure Log”…..

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LAMBETHWATCH – ED DAVIE UNDER FIRE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Lambeth Labour Cllr Ed Davie, who is joint cabinet member for health and adult social care retweeted Lambeth Council: Across the country Tory cuts have shut over 500 libraries while @LambethLabour has innovated to keep all 10 of ours which are winning awards and being used by even more people than ever After a Lambeth … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – ED DAVIE UNDER FIRE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

LAMBETHWATCH WITHOUT COMMENT: CARNEGIE LIBRARY GARDEN HERNE HILL…….

Some of the minutes from the first Garden Group meeting organised by Carnegie Community Trust for the Carnegie library, Herne Hill. The ‘Friends’ referred to are the Friends of Carnegie Library – Ed. GARDEN GROUP FIRST MEETING Saturday 02 March 2019 1. Ten people attended (they included the Chair of the Friends and one of … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH WITHOUT COMMENT: CARNEGIE LIBRARY GARDEN HERNE HILL…….

CARNEGIE LIBRARY: MYSTERY OF WHO CARRIED OUT SECRET WORKS REMAINS AS INFORMATION WATCHDOGS BACK LAMBETH

The Information Commissioner’s Office have backed Lambeth council over their refusal to answer a Freedom of Information request regarding out-of-hours' building works done at the Carnegie library in Herne Hill. On 24 May 2018, News From Crystal Palace wrote to the council requesting the following information “Please state what works, other than those carried out … Continue reading CARNEGIE LIBRARY: MYSTERY OF WHO CARRIED OUT SECRET WORKS REMAINS AS INFORMATION WATCHDOGS BACK LAMBETH

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

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: ‘HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE’ OPENS IN CARNEGIE LIBRARY HERNE HILL – Er….WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

@JimDicksLambeth (Cllr Jim Dickson, Labour Cllr for Herne Hill ward - Ed.) 1/3 Dropped in at end of 1st wk of @CarnegieLib operating with the gym below. Library refurbished, had plenty of residents in there; full book stock, IT, kids library, staff on hand, toilets, full disabled access. Book issuing straightforward but help on hand … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH DIARY: ‘HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE’ OPENS IN CARNEGIE LIBRARY HERNE HILL – Er….WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

LAMBETHWATCH DIARY: LIBRARY – OR THE HERNE HILL LIFESTYLE CENTRE? AS CAMPAIGNERS ASK WHY SPEND £650,000 ON CARNEGIE NOW? (and why information accuracy is not Lambeth’s strong point)

CARNEGIE LIBRARY Carnegie Herne Hill found itself back in the national newspapers with a photograph of the library accompanying an editorial headlined: "The Guardian view on small-town Britain" which begins: The world in 2019: The vexed politics of our times has obscured the view ahead. Over the holidays we are examining some big issues on … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH DIARY: LIBRARY – OR THE HERNE HILL LIFESTYLE CENTRE? AS CAMPAIGNERS ASK WHY SPEND £650,000 ON CARNEGIE NOW? (and why information accuracy is not Lambeth’s strong point)

EDBROOKE QUITS AS LAMBETH COUNCILLOR

Lambeth councilor Jane Edbrooke has quit following her appointment to a "politically restricted" but unspecified post. She announced her resignation on medium.com and via her own Twitter feed. Edbrooke, who became chief whip following the May council elections, was previously cabinet member for neighbourhoods when she told a council meeting in November 2015 in response … Continue reading EDBROOKE QUITS AS LAMBETH COUNCILLOR

LAMBETHWATCH – WHY LAMBETH COUNCIL ARE FORKING OUT £10,314 A MONTH (that’s more than £123,000 a year) FOR SECURITY GUARDS AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY: IT’S NOT CONNECTED TO AN ALARM RECEIVING CENTRE

News From Crystal Palace can reveal why the Carnegie library at Herne Hill has security guards there: the library is not connected to an alarm receiving centre. The current security cost is £10,314 per month. This includes one security officer who is on site overnight, ensuring a 24/7 presence. The library is currently closed for … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – WHY LAMBETH COUNCIL ARE FORKING OUT £10,314 A MONTH (that’s more than £123,000 a year) FOR SECURITY GUARDS AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY: IT’S NOT CONNECTED TO AN ALARM RECEIVING CENTRE