more Carnegie chaos: calls for Lib Peck to ‘stand aside’

LAST YEAR LOCAL PEOPLE OCCUPIED CARNEGIE LIBRARY TO MAKE LAMBETH COUNCIL
SEE SENSE.
IT DIDN’T.

*NOW LAMBETH COUNCIL’S CRAZY PLAN TO TURN CARNEGIE LIBRARY INTO A GYM IS
NEAR COLLAPSE.*
Even the Labour insiders hand-picked by the council to run the building are
now in revolt
– and *calling on council leader Lib Peck to “stand aside and make way for
someone who better understands Labour values”.*

FULL BACKGROUND BELOW.


*MEANWHILE, LOCAL PEOPLE IN HERNE HILL – ALWAYS TOTALLY EXCLUDED BY THE
COUNCIL – *
*WANT TO STEP IN AND CLEAR UP THE MESS. IT IS THE LIBRARY’S ONLY CHANCE…*

CARNEGIE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Patrons: Rt Hon. Lord Lester of Herne Hill and Lady Lester
PRESS RELEASE:   Immediate release                   30th November 2017


*CARNEGIE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION READY TO STEP IN*
The Carnegie Library Association is not surprised at the continued failure
of the Carnegie Community Trust’s bid to take over the Carnegie Library and
now the seeming disarray within the Trust.  Their proposals were drawn up
in secret, had no community support, and to this day the public do not know
what their plans are in any detail, in spite the fact that Lambeth appears
to have given £100,000 of Council Tax payers’ money to support them.
The Association, whose community-backed bid was rejected by the Council (a
decision that is still under appeal), is fully-prepared to step up to the
plate and start discussions with Lambeth on our plans to run the library
and associated activities for the benefit of the whole community.
In contrast to the Trust, the Association:
·      Includes the provision of the library as one of its constitutional
purposes.
·      Has published a fully-costed business plan.
·      Was set up by groups connected with the library.
·      Is a membership organisation with hundreds of members.
·      Has trustees who have been democratically elected by the members
The Association remains ready to take the transfer of the Carnegie Library
but we need the co-operation of the Council to do this and it has so far
been withheld.
We will be making representations to this end
Jeff Doorn,
Chair, Carnegie Library Association

Contact details:     claciomember@gmail.com        020 7274 7008



*THE BACKGROUND*
Yesterday, yet another wheel fell off Lambeth’s council’s widely-ridiculed
plan to close the popular
Carnegie library, Herne Hill, and replace it with a fee-charging gym run by
GLL (and a hugely reduced library with no staff).

The secret deal with GLL was imposed on the community with no consultation
or even advance publicity.
Community opposition was total from the start, and remains so.

The council pleaded government cuts.
But it rejected unseen a plan by library managers to make all the cuts
demanded while keeping all 10 libraries running.
The council and GLL have never produced a business plan, or any financial
rationale, for the hated gym venture.

And the council has wasted millions – to the benefit of GLL and nobody else.
Waste includes £1.25m to excavate the basement at Carnegie to house a gym;
£200k+ for security at the building, which closed in April 2016 but
continues to incur full rates & other running costs; and above all…
a plan to give the basement to GLL rent-free for five years, then at
peppercorn rent for another 20.

Meanwhile the rest of the building and its costs would be handed to ‘the
community’.
The ‘community’ turned out to be just five people, three with strong Labour
party connections, who have never revealed their plans, never involved the
community and have no democratic structure – the self-appointed Carnegie
Community Trust (CCT).

The council rejected a counter-bid by the Carnegie Library Association
(CLA), which has a democratic strucure, elected trustees, 300+members and a
published plan which has been consulted on at public meetings.

Amazingly, it is the council-backed, Labour-dominated CCT that has now
spectacularly split – with two ex-Labour councillors resigning and
declaring: “It is time for council leader Lib Peck to stand aside and make
way for someone who better understands Labour values.”

The main reason? The council’s refusal to junk the disastrous deal with GLL
– which is such a financial give-away that it would destroy any chance of a
future for the Carnegie.

*FULL DETAILS *
including a link to the CCT’s account of the disaster:
http://www.brixtonblog.com/council-leader-lib-peck-urged-to-
stand-aside-as-carnegie-trust-leaders-quit/48534

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