Trees in the back garden of the Carnegie library, Herne Hill were felled this morning. One library campaigner told News From Crystal Palace: "Just been over. "Devastating. "The trees are all gone. "I walked right in and took a small section of a trunk. "I spoke to the Forcia guy who I think knows what an … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – TREES FELLED AT CARNEGIE
Defend The Ten @defendtheten Nov 19: 23 weeks until the local council elections & we have the huge pleasure of meeting @RuskinReaders. A real local institution, they are a voluntary group aiming to provide for adults with reading or writing difficulties, enabling them to take charge of their lives. As @RuskinReaders clearly show, libraries are … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: AND ALSO……
26 weeks until the London Local Gov elections and we meet Michael (57). He says @CarnegieLib "was important when my mobility was reduced....it gave me a reachable destination. I felt in touch locally". Self-employed, he says the WiFi @CarnegieLib was crucial for his business. Michael particularly enjoyed seeing the library's many groups using the beautiful reading … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: NEWS FROM BROMLEY / NEW RULES FOR AREA BOARD MEMBERS
LAMBETHWATCH OPINION: "WHY DO WE NEVER GET AN ANSWER?"* The continuing reluctance of Lambeth council and its Labour councillors to answer - or completely ignore - questions in the forlorn hope said questions will just go away has come back to bite them on their collective backsides this week. Back on July 7th Peoples Audit … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH OPINION: “WHY DO WE NEVER GET AN ANSWER?”*
31 WEEKS TO GO TO NEXT YEAR'S COUNCIL ELECTIONS Defend The Ten @defendtheten Tweeted: "31 wks to go in our election countdown & we meet Brenda. "She is 88 & had used @CarnegieLib since 1967. "She misses it very, very much! "In 1999 Brenda helped found @FrndsofCarnegie when the council planned to redevelop the site. "18 years … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: "WE'VE NOT BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE MINET FOR OVER A YEAR" SAY GREENWICH LEISURE (AND A NEW TOWN HALL QUESTION ANSWERED)
GRANT-AIDED INCOME FOR CARNEGIE LIBRARY? Lambeth council have come up with a stunning new wheeze to fund Carnegie library at Herne Hill: GRANT-AIDED INCOME!!!! (For the benefit of new readers - Welcome- Lambeth council cannot afford to fund Carnegie library so they have allowed Greenwich Leisure to build a gym in the library's basement - … Continue reading GRANT-AIDED INCOME FOR CARNEGIE LIBRARY?
AFTER BANNING THE BBC, LAMBETH COUNCIL...THANK THEM (but without actually naming the Beeb!!!) After banning a BBC TV camera crew from filming at Cressingham Gardens estate in Tulse Hill, Lambeth have now thanked them (but not actually by name). Last month a BBC TV London news item revealed how loads of council documents had been … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: AFTER BANNING THE BBC, LAMBETH COUNCIL…THANK THEM (but without actually naming the Beeb!!!)
LAMBETHWATCH - A TALE OF TWO MONEY TREES At full meetings of Lambeth council, councillors in the ruling party can ask questions of the opposition leader. These questions are usually a thinly-disguised attack on the Conservative government. One of the questions at next Wednesday's full council meeting reads as follows: Cllr Christopher Wellbelove (Lab, Clapham … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – A TALE OF TWO MONEY TREES
People's Audit - Four LIBRARIES: GREENWICH LEISURE GETS £1 MILLION REDUCTION IN ITS MANAGEMENT FEE AFTER OFFERING TO RUN TWO LIBRARIES AS 'HEALTHY LIVING CENTRES' - "There is no such thing as a free lunch" Evidence of a behind-the-scenes agreement by Greenwich Leisure to reduce its fee to Lambeth by £1 MILLION ANNUALLY if Lambeth … Continue reading People's Audit – Four LIBRARIES: GREENWICH LEISURE GETS £1 MILLION REDUCTION IN ITS MANAGEMENT FEE AFTER OFFERING TO RUN TWO LIBRARIES AS 'HEALTHY LIVING CENTRES' – "There is no such thing as a free lunch"
People's Audit Ten - ROLE OF THE EXTERNAL AUDITORS: "RIGHT FOM THE START WE FELT THE COUNCIL'S EXTERNAL AUDITORS WERE NOT TAKING OUR OBJECTIONS SERIOUSLY" It appears that the evidence of serious failings in Lambeth’s financial management was not picked up by the external auditor. Indeed, Lambeth admitted to us that one member of the … Continue reading People's Audit Ten – ROLE OF THE EXTERNAL AUDITORS: "RIGHT FOM THE START WE FELT THE COUNCIL'S EXTERNAL AUDITORS WERE NOT TAKING OUR OBJECTIONS SERIOUSLY"