Campaigners step up the action to save Carnegie Library!

The date for the dreaded planning applications committee meeting is out. Join the protest on 7th February!

The council intends to grant planning permission for their scandalously expensive project with leisure contractor GLL which will give the go ahead to destroy our much loved and used public library and it’s garden and trees with a pay-to-use gym and an unstaffed book collection. There is huge opposition from library users and the local community, which included our 10 day occupation when the council shut Carnegie and Minet libraries, but the council isn’t listening. This is despite the fact that this destructive plan will actually entail spending millions and that there is an alternative! Carnegie Library users and locals have submitted objections to the application, now we need to make our voices heard again!!

Come and join us to show the council that we are determined to protect our libraries and the service we need so badly! Protest at the planning meeting!! We want our library back – not a gym!!!

 

This is our latest open letter to councillors:

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Dear Councillor

 February 7 is the date when LBL’s planning committee considers the scheme to wreck the listed Carnegie Library building by installing a fee-charging gym that nobody wants or needs. 

OPPOSITION TO THE PLAN IS OVERWHELMING.

IF THIS CRAZY IDEA GOES THROUGH, YOU MUST EXPECT YET MORE PROTESTS AND BAD PUBLICITY… RIGHT UPTO THE ELECTION IN 2018. 

You have processed painful cuts into the new budget. You have scraped up £4.6m in the short term to ease the pain to residents, as the cuts have been cynically front-loaded by central government.

 YET YOU ARE SET TO BLOW A MASSIVE £4 MILLION * – ON JUST TWO GYMS THAT NOBODY WANTS!

 LBL’s strategy for physical activity specifically states that extra gym provision is NOT needed in the deprived areas once served by Carnegie and Minet libraries. And you’ll be aware that local people have campaigned unceasingly against it.

 LBL CAN’T AFFORD THIS HUGE SUM.

AND IT CAN’T AFFORD TO CONTINUE ANTAGONISING RESIDENTS IN THE RUN-UP TO THE 2018 ELECTIONS. 

Please – give us all – and yourselves – a break.

JUNK THE GYMS!

 from: Defend the 10 campaign (http://defendthe10-lambeth.org.uk)

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* REFERENCES

Report to Cabinet Oct 12, 2015.

1. CAPITAL – £3m – page 58: a table:

(i) Refit of Tate South, Minet and Carnegie libraries into healthy living centres:

2016-17 £2m; 2017-18 N/A

Funding source: Reprofiled capital approved by Cabinet 17.12.12

(ii) Additional investment secured by partners £1m from Greenwich Leisure Limited.

[NOTE: Since then, Tate South residents have fought hard to avoid being lumbered

with a gym, thus saving ???? £1m,

BUT the new proposal is to excavate the basement at Carnegie Library, costing

£700,000 + cost of preliminary surveys, so the total won’t be far short of £1m.]

2. REVENUE – £1m or more – page 54

§ 12.4: During the initial transitional period for the [healthy living] centres, GLL have

agreed that £1m of council revenue resource that is currently earmarked to support

the provision of leisure services canbe switched to underpin the initial development

of the centres. They have also committed to maintaining a budgeted profit share to

supplement this. It is recommended that an earmarked reserve is set up to hold

these contributions.

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