GREENWICH LEISURE IN £40MILLION LIBRARIES DEAL

Strikers and supporters (including two Bromley Labour councillors) outside Bromley central library Greenwich Leisure's deal with Conservative-controlled Bromley council to run the borough libraries has a contract value of £40,739,536 over a ten-year period - with an option for the company to run the service for a further five years. The figures come in one … Continue reading GREENWICH LEISURE IN £40MILLION LIBRARIES DEAL

LAMBETHWATCH – CHIEF EXECUTIVE WILL DECIDE ON DISPUTED AMENDMENTS TO COUNCIL MOTIONS IN FUTURE Jon Bartley’s arresting experience….Questions on land sales….Chess club moves back to Carnegie….

Lambeth's chief executive Andrew Travers will decide on disputed amendments to council motions in future. Cllr Tim Briggs - the only blue on the council - who was back at last week's full council meeting following his self-imposed exile because of a row on amendments -tells News From Crystal Palace: "The Chief Executive has promised … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – CHIEF EXECUTIVE WILL DECIDE ON DISPUTED AMENDMENTS TO COUNCIL MOTIONS IN FUTURE Jon Bartley’s arresting experience….Questions on land sales….Chess club moves back to Carnegie….

LAMBETHWATCH: CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST RESPONSE / WE’VE GOT EIGHT LIBRARIES…NO, TEN…./ THE MUPPET SHOW

RESPONSE FROM CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST On August 22nd News From Crystal Palace ran a story about plans to use two rooms in the Carnegie library, Herne Hill as offices. We asked Carnegie Community Trust for a response to comments made by both the Friends of Carnegie Library and the Carnegie Library Association: In response to … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST RESPONSE / WE’VE GOT EIGHT LIBRARIES…NO, TEN…./ THE MUPPET SHOW

“FAKE ‘NEIGHBOURHOOD LIBRARY’ IS DEAD – LONG LIVE CARNEGIE LIBRARY” – Security guards and Greenwich Leisure staff go from Herne Hill as new opening times come in

From Friends of Carnegie Library newsletter: From August 15th our Carnegie Library will enjoy the presence of library staff for 41 hours a week.  Opening hours have been revised to reflect observed usage and librarian availability. Susanna Barnes, service manager: libraries and archives, confirms we will have a member of library staff working here during … Continue reading “FAKE ‘NEIGHBOURHOOD LIBRARY’ IS DEAD – LONG LIVE CARNEGIE LIBRARY” – Security guards and Greenwich Leisure staff go from Herne Hill as new opening times come in

MANY OBJECTIONS TO CARNEGIE LIBRARY OFFICE PLANS: “No part of this public library building should be hived off for private, exclusive use” …… “Application is contrary to assurances given by local councilors” ……. “Valuable community spaces should not be withdrawn precipitously from community use”

Many objections have been lodged over plans to turn two community rooms  at the Carnegie library on Herne Hill Road into offices. The application is in the name of an individual who is one of three trustees on the Carnegie Community Trust, but the main application document is headed Carnegie Community Trust. Objections include the … Continue reading MANY OBJECTIONS TO CARNEGIE LIBRARY OFFICE PLANS: “No part of this public library building should be hived off for private, exclusive use” …… “Application is contrary to assurances given by local councilors” ……. “Valuable community spaces should not be withdrawn precipitously from community use”

CARNEGIE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AND FRIENDS OF CARNEGIE LIBRARY BOTH OBJECT TO OFFICE PLANS

"Application appears to hive off rooms for separate commercial purposes, further shrinking and marginalising the library and community uses" - Carnegie Library Association. In their letter of objection Carnegie Library Association say they are a charity with over 300 individual members and several community organisations comprising Carnegie Library Users Consultative Group: We submitted a business … Continue reading CARNEGIE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AND FRIENDS OF CARNEGIE LIBRARY BOTH OBJECT TO OFFICE PLANS

CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST STATEMENT ON OFFICE PLANS FOR LIBRARY ROOMS

Carnegie Community Trust's planning statement reads as follows: Context Under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 local authorities are legally obliged to provide a “comprehensive and efficient library service” that serves both adults and children who live, work or are in full time study. Carnegie Library is a Grade II listed Edwardian Public Building … Continue reading CARNEGIE COMMUNITY TRUST STATEMENT ON OFFICE PLANS FOR LIBRARY ROOMS

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”…..

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…….