...which is rather strange because... On May 3 2018 News From Crystal Palace ran a short piece headlined: LAMBETHWATCH: HEALTHY LIVING CENTRES MOVE AGREED ‘IN PRINCIPLE’ MONTHS BEFORE CULTURE 2020 SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT The story, which accompanied the image above, read: Peoples Audit @PeoplesAudit Tweeted: Case study in the importance of #transparency: former Lambeth … Continue reading LAMBETH’S LATEST FREEDOM OF INFORMATION WHEEZE: “WE DON’T HAVE THIS INFORMATION”
If the protesters from Shirley Oaks had stayed quiet in the gallery then other members of the public attending last night's meeting would have been able to stay and learn of the latest Lambeth Labour ruse to limit criticism by opposition councillors - rather than having to read it here or on other news sites … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: ANOTHER NAIL IN LAMBETH’S DEMOCRACY COFFIN
News From Crystal Palace approached both Cllr Tim Briggs, Conservative opposition leader on Lambeth council, and Herne Hill Green party for their reactions to the latest revelations surrounding the Carnegie library Herne Hill. From Tim Briggs: "Labour's way of doing these things follows a pattern. "They do something underhand and their attitude is - 'we've … Continue reading CARNEGIE LIBRARY: “THERE HAS TO BE A SOLUTION WHERE THE COUNCIL ENGAGES WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY” – TIM BRIGGS / ‘COUNCIL KNOWS BEST’ ATTITUDE HAS TO STOP – HERNE HILL GREEN PARTY
ARCHIVES DECISION IN JULY? Lambeth council's cabinet are set to decide what to do with the borough's historic archives at their meeting in July. The archives are currently housed in the Minet library in Knatchbull Road (with, as previously reported by News From Crystal Palace, some archives rumoured to have already been moved to the … Continue reading ARCHIVES DECISION IN JULY?
LAMBETH COUNCIL "AGREED £7 MILLION FEE REDUCTION WITH GREENWICH LEISURE" OVER CONTROVERSIAL LIBRARIES PLANS – "Sponsorship of Black Cultural Archives was contingent upon deal" SENSATIONAL CLAIMS that Lambeth council agreed a £7 million fee reduction over its libraries deal with Greenwich Leisure – rather than a ‘one-off’ payment of £1 million - are made in … Continue reading LAMBETH COUNCIL "AGREED £7 MILLION FEE REDUCTION WITH GREENWICH LEISURE" OVER CONTROVERSIAL LIBRARIES PLANS – "Sponsorship of Black Cultural Archives was contingent upon deal"
THE QUESTIONS LAMBETH COUNCIL MUST NOW ANSWER. IN FULL. POINT BY POINT. AND WITHOUT ANY OBFUSCATION. OR PREVARICATION. OR AVOIDANCE. Questions posed in the People's Audit report: Why have millions of pounds been budgeted to install gyms in library buildings when the money was urgently needed to support a service which, despite decades of upheaval … Continue reading THE QUESTIONS LAMBETH COUNCIL MUST NOW ANSWER. IN FULL. POINT BY POINT. AND WITHOUT ANY OBFUSCATION OR PREVARICATION. OR AVOIDANCE.
OTHER POINTS FROM THE PEOPLE'S AUDIT REPORT Culture 2020 caused uproar Culture 2020 was hugely controversial from the start - not least as an alternative plan which kept all 10 of Lambeth’s libraries open whilst making the required savings was presented by Lambeth’s head of libraries, Susanna Barnes. It was rejected on the grounds that … Continue reading OTHER POINTS FROM THE PEOPLE'S AUDIT REPORT
BACKGROUND HISTORY TO LATEST LIBRARIES CAMPAIGNS Libraries closed Only in Lambeth, it seems, is the word ‘library’ usually followed by ‘controversy’. Ever since demonstrators occupied Herne Hill’s Carnegie library for several days in April 2016, libraries have been a politically charged topic in the borough. At the time of writing, the borough’s Carnegie and Minet … Continue reading BACKGROUND HISTORY TO LATEST LIBRARIES CAMPAIGNS
LAMBETHWATCH On September 9th Lambeth council issued a press release headed: "Residents challenged to help make Lambeth even better" The press release is about a report to next week's council cabinet called "Future Lambeth". The press release says "Future Lambeth" sets out targets for improvements in a wide range of areas, including education, … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH