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

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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

“CULTURE 2020 A FINANCIAL DISASTER” – Defend the Ten

From Defend the Ten: Here’s a sad story in two simple columns – the disastrous waste of money incurred by the “Culture2020′” plan for libraries. This column shows the annual cost of running 10 well-used libraries in 2014-15. Then came Culture2020…most of the 2014-15 expenditure has carried on. But Culture2020 has added EXTRA costs. For instance, … Continue reading “CULTURE 2020 A FINANCIAL DISASTER” – Defend the Ten

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

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