Chaos at Carnegie

Almost 14 months since Carnegie and Minet libraries were pointlessly closed… what’s happening? Well, local people are never told anything, but here’s some pointers… 1. PLANS STILL IN CHAOS At the end of April the council press office told a Freedom of Information query about the libraries: “Specific agreements relating to particular local arrangements and […]

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First Anniversary of the Carnegie Occupation

250 local people turned out on April Fool’s Day to ridicule the crazy closure of the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill.  Banners and fancy dress made the point.  Speakers included comedian Jeremy Hardy and authors Stella Duffy OBE,Toby Litt and Barbara Ellis. But the loudest applause was for Rachel Heywood, the sole Labour councillor (out of Lambeth’s huge majority of […]

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Lambeth Peoples Audit: the real story of our libraries

The People’s Audit team of volunteers in Lambeth have been working for many months to piece together what has really been going on at Lambeth Council and the background to its unpopular decisions. Read the recently released people’s audit chapter on libraries here: Download Lambeth peoples Audit libraries chapter Laura Swaffield from Friends of Lambeth […]

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Cllr Scott Ainslie speaks to the Full Council budget meeting – demanding scrutiny and cuts to wasteful expenditure before vital services.

In his official response [to the council budget] Councillor Ainslie questioned the budget’s compatibility with the stated aims of the council’s Borough Plan to reduce inequality, achieve sustainable growth and create strong, sustainable neighbourhoods. Local people, he said, are being priced out of their homes and businesses, while local estates are being starved of repairs “to prop up a risky […]

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