LAMBETHWATCH – WHY LAMBETH COUNCIL ARE FORKING OUT £10,314 A MONTH (that’s more than £123,000 a year) FOR SECURITY GUARDS AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY: IT’S NOT CONNECTED TO AN ALARM RECEIVING CENTRE

News From Crystal Palace can reveal why the Carnegie library at Herne Hill has security guards there: the library is not connected to an alarm receiving centre. The current security cost is £10,314 per month. This includes one security officer who is on site overnight, ensuring a 24/7 presence. The library is currently closed for … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – WHY LAMBETH COUNCIL ARE FORKING OUT £10,314 A MONTH (that’s more than £123,000 a year) FOR SECURITY GUARDS AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY: IT’S NOT CONNECTED TO AN ALARM RECEIVING CENTRE

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“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

LAMBETH LIBRARIES IN NOVEMBER

     Welcome back West Norwood Library The brand new West Norwood Library and Cinema will officially open on November 9, providing a fantastic addition to Lambeth's social and cultural scene. West Norwood Library, 1-5 Norwood High Street SE27 9JX. The library will provide the whole community with a wonderful resource for learning, culture and entertainment. We hope you enjoy the excellent book stock, study space, IT … Continue reading LAMBETH LIBRARIES IN NOVEMBER

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.

NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE TODAY VOICES A GRAVE CONCERN THAT AN ITEM IN THE OFFICIAL MINUTES OF LAMBETH COUNCIL’S LATEST MEETING BEARS VERY LITTLE RELATION TO WHAT WAS ACTUALLY SAID

This is how the OFFICIAL minutes of the full Lambeth council meeting held on October 10th are reporting a supplementary question from Cllr Becca Thackray (Green) on the council’s Culture 2020 plans: 9. Cllr Becca Thackray to the Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, Cllr Sonia Winifred Supplementary question It was requested that the Labour … Continue reading NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE TODAY VOICES A GRAVE CONCERN THAT AN ITEM IN THE OFFICIAL MINUTES OF LAMBETH COUNCIL’S LATEST MEETING BEARS VERY LITTLE RELATION TO WHAT WAS ACTUALLY SAID

LAMBETH LIBRARIES IN OCTOBER: WINDRUSH, WORKSHOPS, AND THE REBELLIOUS WOMEN OF WIMBLEDON

Wow what a month in Lambeth Libraries! This is our second mail-out for October and although we generally only bother you once a month (!), I hope you'll agree that October is deserving of an extra email. So much happens in October in Lambeth Libraries that it's hard to keep up - so far we've already … Continue reading LAMBETH LIBRARIES IN OCTOBER: WINDRUSH, WORKSHOPS, AND THE REBELLIOUS WOMEN OF WIMBLEDON

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

MEANWHILE…

 LambethLabour  have Retweeted the following: Lambeth Council‏Verified account @lambeth_council Oct 8 So what do the people think about us, and what do they use the library for? A whooping 91 per cent of library users think we're a good library service!   Defend The Ten Retweeted Friends of Carnegie‏ @FrndsofCarnegie Oct 8 @CarnegieLib used to combat loneliness; but now former users … Continue reading MEANWHILE…

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

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