Urgent: write to GLL

As Lambeth refuses to dismantle its disastrous libraries-into-gyms plan, it’s high time to make sure GLL – set to run the gyms – realises it’s a disaster for GLL too.
This is one letter recently sent to GLL managing Director Mark Sesnan.   Feel free to cut and paste this to create your own email for Mr Sesnan and sign your own name at the end.

You may wish to point out that recent events at Carnegie – to  say nothing of the overwhelmingly hostile response to the idea of gyms in libraries during the only consultation on this, when Durning & Tate S Lambeth users were consulted about which library should get a gym- must make it obvious to them that their ethical, community-friendly image is in danger if they go along with this hated idea.  Does GLL really want to continue to be the target of protests such as the ones pictured at its Central London leisure centres?

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Dear Mr Sesnan
Lambeth’s disastrous plan to turn four of its libraries into unstaffed, minimal provision is a major problem for you.

At its heart is the creation – by GLL – of two gyms which are not wanted, and are surplus to local requirements. Public opposition has been total and vehement – and is growing rather than diminishing.

Public action will continue long after any buildings are closed and legal challenge is also shortly to be made.

All this can do nothing but harm to GLL’s reputation. The arrangement with GLL has in itself also been subject to intense suspicion from the start; made in secret, with apparently no business plan, costings or market research, it is also a waste of resources.

Again, GLL’s reputation is being badly damaged. GLL positions itself as an ethical, community-focused organisation. It is the very reverse of this if it allies itself with a scheme that destroys much-used, much-loved libraries in favour of pointless gym provision, on terms that are widely held to need a great deal of explanation.
A response from you is urgently awaited.



This image and the one above are from protests at GLL’s Central London leisure centres during April 2016 by students from the Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.