“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

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BIG ISSUE WANT YOUR LIBRARY MOMENTS!

 Defend The Ten Retweeted Helen‏ @jhgm50 Oct 21 @FrndsofCarnegie @defendtheten Big Issue piece on libraries appealing for user experiences before Lord Bird’s 30 Oct meeting with government. Send in your story editorial@bigissue.com. Well done @BigIssue.

LAMBETHWATCH: FROM THE TWITTERSPHERE

Defend The Ten Retweeted Peoples Audit‏ @PeoplesAudit Sadly, the other day witnessed a teenager being turned away from the Minet as there was no librararian to issue a library card. A moment that could have changed a young person's life lost because of short-sighted policies @defendtheten Defend The Ten Retweeted SaveLambethLibraries‏ @SaveLambthLibs Oct 23 SATURDAY 3 … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: FROM THE TWITTERSPHERE

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

LAMBETH PEOPLES AUDIT -101 QUESTIONS FOR LAMBETH COUNCIL’S CABINET – Part Four: Questions 89 to 101

News From Crystal Palace also thought that all 101 questions we sent to all Lambeth council cabinet members back in July 2017 had also been posted. They hadn't been. (No replies, no acknowledgements.) For the record here they are, including: AND WHY DON'T LAMBETH START HAVING GENUINE, MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT WITH CITIZENS LIVING IN  THE BOROUGH? (NOTE: Fifteen … Continue reading LAMBETH PEOPLES AUDIT -101 QUESTIONS FOR LAMBETH COUNCIL’S CABINET – Part Four: Questions 89 to 101

IF LIB PECK EVER WANTED PROOF THAT THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF LIBRARIES IN LAMBETH SHE SHOULD READ THIS……

From Defend the Ten: Last August, Defend the 10 sat in at Waterloo library, then the only one of the new-style small-scale barely-staffed 'neighbourhood libraries' hailed by the council as great success.  With our observers monitoring the use of Waterloo library for a week, we were able to tell a very different story: http://defendthe10-lambeth.org.uk/2018/04/17/report-on-waterloooasis  Now … Continue reading IF LIB PECK EVER WANTED PROOF THAT THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF LIBRARIES IN LAMBETH SHE SHOULD READ THIS……

LAMBETHWATCH: CARNEGIE LIBRARY CLOSURE

News From Crystal Palace asked Lambeth council: Is this because cables to fire alarms were cut or another reason? Please could you also say what has happened to the - apparently listed - doors from the library which have been removed? A Lambeth council spokesman told News From Crystal Palace on Tuesday:  “It had to … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: CARNEGIE LIBRARY CLOSURE

“LIBRARY CUSTODIANS IGNORE CARNEGIE’S PROMISE” – SOCIAL MEDIA OUTRAGE OVER LAMBETH’S LATEST MOVES ON CARNEGIE ‘BUILDING’

News of Lambeth Labour's latest plans for the Carnegie were revealed on the Brixton Buzz website on Friday and provoked  immediate outrage: Friends of Carnegie‏ @FrndsofCarnegie Jun 9 Andrew Carnegie agreed to fund building the library on Lambeth's assurance they would maintain it through the local rates & there was "no fear the library would be starved". … Continue reading “LIBRARY CUSTODIANS IGNORE CARNEGIE’S PROMISE” – SOCIAL MEDIA OUTRAGE OVER LAMBETH’S LATEST MOVES ON CARNEGIE ‘BUILDING’

DAMNING REPORT ON WATERLOO LIBRARY

Campaigners have slammed Waterloo library as "the worst performing library in the borough" of Lambeth. In a brief but damning report Defend the Ten campaigners say Waterloo: is invisible at the back of the first floor of the building where it is currently housed feels bleak and impersonal is very cramped and noisy is hard … Continue reading DAMNING REPORT ON WATERLOO LIBRARY

LAMBETHWATCH: ANOTHER NAIL IN LAMBETH’S DEMOCRACY COFFIN

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