Update and Actions: Campaign meeting Thursday 7 th July

Campaigners met on Thursday 7 th July to plan next actions in our battle to save our library service. Since our previous meeting, representatives of Friends of Lambeth Libraries (FOLL) have met with council officers who have suggested there might be a possibility of re-opening the 2 closed libraries though on a temporary basis. FOLL are also due to meet with Lib Peck and Jack Hopkins on Monday 11th.

As previously agreed, our focus is to call for the re-opening of the two libraries. The council have made no savings and as has been exposed, it is costing more to keep them locked and guarded than it would to run them! We will be lobbying the next full council meeting with this demand.

Keeping up the pressure on GLL remains important. The council’s recent ‘Carnegie exhibition’ showed GLL just how unpopular the gym plans are with library users. Campaigners leafleted outside Brixton rec, despite the rain, causing quite a stir and with lawyers now engaged in the process it does seem that GLL are feeling under pressure with their reputation as a social enterprise at stake.

Nevertheless, survey work on the Carnegie basement has begun, while Upper Norwood library is now
almost staffless and Waterloo library faces it’s relocation behind a café in the Oasis community centre from 23 rd July. Concern remains that Minet stock may be moved to Oasis. Campaigners discussed the lobby of the council meeting and made plans to make the most of the

Country Show! Publicity to follow…

Actions agreed:

– Saturday 9 th July – Carnegie library 110 th anniversary , street party and campaigning celebration 3.30pm

– Saturday 9 th July – Minet library garden event – 2pm-4pm

– Wednesday 13 th July – Lobby full council meeting, Elm Green School, Elmcourt Road, from 6pm

– Saturday 16 th and Sunday 17 th July – Lambeth Country Show – leafleting, petitioning and T-shirt selling Trade union tent from 11 am each day, with call for campaigners to join us at 3pm on Sunday

– Continuing our support of councillor Rachel Heywood, keep on collecting signatures on petitions, online and on downloadable paper versions.

– Next meeting Thursday 21 st July Brixton library 8pm