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

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

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LIBRARIES: COUNCILLORS AND CANDIDATES SIGN THE PLEDGE  

Lambeth councillors Scott Ainslie (Green) and Rachel Heywood (Ind Lab) were among the first to sign Defend the Ten's libraries pledge at the Carnegie library, Herne Hill on Tuesday. The occasion was a mini-rally outside the library on Herne Hill to celebrate the second anniversary of the library's occupation and to gain support for the … Continue reading LIBRARIES: COUNCILLORS AND CANDIDATES SIGN THE PLEDGE  

LAMBETHWATCH OPINION: NOW YOU KNOW HOW THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FEELS (and a yellow card for Defend the Ten)

There will be a lot of anger and a lot of frustration at the comments made in the letter to Clive Betts MP by former Lambeth Labour councillors and ex-Carnegie Community Trust members Carol Boucher and Fred Taggart which appears on the Brixton Blog website. The letter is mainly concerned with the transfer of local … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH OPINION: NOW YOU KNOW HOW THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FEELS (and a yellow card for Defend the Ten)

CARNEGIE LIBRARY: THE BOUCHER / TAGGART LETTER IN FULL

The letter from Carol Boucher and Fred Taggart in full. Lines in bold type by News From Crystal Palace - Ed. To:Clive Betts MP Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee House of Commons 28h March 2018 Dear Mr Betts Transfer of Local Government Assets to Community Groups. Since 2012 a group of local residents … Continue reading CARNEGIE LIBRARY: THE BOUCHER / TAGGART LETTER IN FULL

LAMBETHWATCH ELECTION SPECIAL: ARE YOU, OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN, A MEMBER OF…..?

People's Audit Lambeth founder Simon Morrow finds it somewhat amusing that Lambeth Labour are labelling him as a Green party activist. "I have never been a member of a political party" Simon, a chartered quantity surveyor, tells News From Crystal Palace. "I sent an open letter to Cllr Imogen Walker (See tweet:  https://twitter.com/PeoplesAudit/status/887972805110882304 Open letter: 'Lambeth … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH ELECTION SPECIAL: ARE YOU, OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN, A MEMBER OF…..?

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”

MP DEFENDS COUNCILS RECORDS

MP Helen Hayes has defended the record of Lambeth and Southwark councils in the wake of Government cutbacks during a debate in the House of Commons. The Dulwich and West Norwood  MP said: "We knew in 2010 that David Cameron and George Osborne’s response to the impact of the global financial crash would shrink the … Continue reading MP DEFENDS COUNCILS RECORDS

ESTATE BALLOTS SCANDAL: KHAN DID SECRET DEALS WITH LAMBETH LABOUR TO FUND DEMOLITION OF FIVE ESTATES – REVELATIONS ONLY MADE PUBLIC AFTER EMPTY ‘VOTES’ PLEDGE

Twitter post by 36 Regular‏ @36regular 2 Dec 2017 it was great to see so many supporters of #socialhousing joining our peaceful demonstration this afternoon demanding Lambeth Council to #BallotCressingham and give us our right to decide about future of our homes and our lives #BallotUs Mayor of London Sadiq Khan secretly agreed GLA finance for the demolition … Continue reading ESTATE BALLOTS SCANDAL: KHAN DID SECRET DEALS WITH LAMBETH LABOUR TO FUND DEMOLITION OF FIVE ESTATES – REVELATIONS ONLY MADE PUBLIC AFTER EMPTY ‘VOTES’ PLEDGE

MAYOR DELIVERS MAJOR BLOW TO LAMBETH’S ESTATES DEMOLITION PLANS New hope for people whose homes are under threat

Sian Berry (centre) during Central Hill estate visit Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has dealt a massive blow to Lambeth's highly controversial plans to demolish six council estates - and given fresh hope to the people living on them. Sian Berry, Green party member on London Assembly today asked the Mayor to put a hold … Continue reading MAYOR DELIVERS MAJOR BLOW TO LAMBETH’S ESTATES DEMOLITION PLANS New hope for people whose homes are under threat

BOROUGH’S FIRST-EVER ‘TACKLING VIOLENCE AGAINST YOUNG PEOPLE’ STRATEGY

A youth violence strategy is being introduced by Lambeth council for the first time. The strategy - unveiled at the council's cabinet meeting on Monday - will be community-led - and community-delivered. It will not just look to improve existing interventions but will work to: Prevent young people from being involved in youth violence in … Continue reading BOROUGH’S FIRST-EVER ‘TACKLING VIOLENCE AGAINST YOUNG PEOPLE’ STRATEGY