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

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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

LAMBETHWATCH: VOTING DAY

If you're voting in Bromley remember you'll need ID....if you're voting locally in Croydon then the Upper Norwood ward has become the new Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood ward and some polling station venues have been changed. If you're voting in Lambeth.......  Friends of Carnegie‏ @FrndsofCarnegie Just heard all ribbons, flowers & supportive signs removed @CarnegieLib … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: VOTING DAY

LAMBETHWATCH: MANIFESTOES FROM ELSEWHERE / VIRGINIA WOOLF ON SOCIAL MEDIA / ….AND THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

MANIFESTOES Architects for Social Housing (ASH) had a manifesto of their own when they launched their book-length report about Central Hill estate, Crystal Palace on Thursday. "At present, residents are presented with the choice between demolition and redevelopment and a lack of maintenance and managed decline. For ballots to constitute a genuine consensus from the … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: MANIFESTOES FROM ELSEWHERE / VIRGINIA WOOLF ON SOCIAL MEDIA / ….AND THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

GOOD NEIGHBOUR MAUDE: “I HOPE THE LIBRARY CAN SURVIVE ALL THESE CRAZY PLANS”

Defend The Ten‏ @defendtheten Only 5 weeks to go to the local election on May 3 and here is community champion Maude Estwick. Maude has lived in and around the Herne Hill area since 1979 coming from Grenada in 1971 to train as a nurse in the NHS.  She remembers how her children used @CarnegieLib: "at … Continue reading GOOD NEIGHBOUR MAUDE: “I HOPE THE LIBRARY CAN SURVIVE ALL THESE CRAZY PLANS”

LAMBETHWATCH TWO: ATTEND HUSTINGS MEETINGS – AND ASK QUESTIONS Two Lambeth groups in separate calls

Attend all election hustings meetings in Lambeth - and be prepared to ask questions. That was the message from TWO separate meetings last week. At the annual meeting of Carnegie Library Association Defend the Ten campaigner Michaela Loebner said: "Don't let the councillors off the hook". She said all candidates will be asked to take … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH TWO: ATTEND HUSTINGS MEETINGS – AND ASK QUESTIONS Two Lambeth groups in separate calls

LAMBETH COUNCIL PRESS OFFICER ATTENDED PEOPLE’S AUDIT MEETING

A Lambeth council press officer attended last week's meeting of People's Audit Lambeth, it has been revealed. Simon Morrow of People's Audit Lambeth said: "They can't afford a librarian but spend money on a press officer." There is no indication - yet - of whether the press officer attended in a personal capacity or whether … Continue reading LAMBETH COUNCIL PRESS OFFICER ATTENDED PEOPLE’S AUDIT MEETING

LAMBETHWATCH: “THE THOUGHT OF USING A ‘HOTLINE’ TO SPEAK WITH A LIBRARIAN IN ANOTHER LIBRARY LEAVES ME COLD”

From Defend the Ten: Week 9 of the Council Election Countdown and here is Bob: "I first fell in love with Carnegie Library 10 to 15 years ago on a casual visit. "I’ve always been interested in libraries as they gave me a better education than I received in school. "Librarians have helped me all my … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: “THE THOUGHT OF USING A ‘HOTLINE’ TO SPEAK WITH A LIBRARIAN IN ANOTHER LIBRARY LEAVES ME COLD”

….AND LAMBETH COUNCIL’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM ALSO PLAN TO STAY SILENT ON ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT CARNEGIE LIBRARY, HERNE HILL FROM NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE…..

Just as News From Crystal Palace was putting the finishing touches to the opinion piece headed 'Silence of the Lambeths' we received a reply from Lambeth council's Freedom of Information people. We had asked for copies of emails between a named council officer and Friends of Carnegie Library. The FOI people provided a copy of … Continue reading ….AND LAMBETH COUNCIL’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM ALSO PLAN TO STAY SILENT ON ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT CARNEGIE LIBRARY, HERNE HILL FROM NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE…..

LAMBETHWATCH – CARNEGIE LIBRARY HERNE HILL RE-OPENS THURSDAY AT 1PM – BUT FOR HOW LONG?

The above has been posted on the Defend the Ten Twitter page earlier today. Defend The Ten Retweeted Aran Lewis‏ @aranmlewis 6 hours ago: Lambeth council has confirmed that the fake mini-library due to open in Carnegie on 15th Feb is temporary and will close “on or before 12 February 2019.” After that, an unspecified … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – CARNEGIE LIBRARY HERNE HILL RE-OPENS THURSDAY AT 1PM – BUT FOR HOW LONG?