Save Lambeth’s Carnegie Library – Demo Saturday 9th April 2016, 11.30am Carnegie Library

8th April 2016

Many of you will be aware of the issues relating to the Carnegie Library and Lambeth’s plans to reconfigure their library services.   Campaigners have been occupying the library for over a week and Lambeth is now taking steps to force the campaigners to vacate the library.

The following web sites and articles provide some background:

http://friendsofcarnegielibrary.org.uk

http://carnegiehernehill.org.uk

Follow @hernehillforum,  #carnegieoccupation for latest news

Lambeth news release on Carnegie Library

Toby Litt in The Guardian on why the fight to save Lambeth Carnegie Library continues.

Series of tweets from Lambeth Council today 8th April 2016:

To be clear: We are NOT closing libraries – there are ten libraries in Lambeth now, and there will be ten libraries in the future.  Overall, Lambeth libraries will be open longer and book stocks will be protected.  We have committed to 2 new libraries in the coming years & have recently built a new Clapham library and refurbished Streatham & Brixton. Carnegie will reopen with a library service that will remain free and open to all.  The new gym at Carnegie will be housed in the currently unused basement of the building.  The rest of the building at Carnegie will provide at least as much community space as now, including a library service.

Statement from local Turney/Roseway resident:

“As an old member of the Dulwich Society and a Friend of the Carnegie Library I should like to say a few words on the subject.

The Carnegie Library, as everyone will know, is just over the border in Lambeth, but is used by many Dulwich residents, and those who do not use it may well hold it in some regard.

We are all aware of the threat to libraries and the situation in Lambeth is no exception. However, the librarians and the Friends of the library have devised  financial proposals which, they believe, will enable the institution to continue as initially intended. Up to this moment, the council have not been willing to discuss these solutions. Instead, they have devised a scheme which involves closing the library and inviting  a private company to change the building into a fee paying gym.

To my knowledge, as well as providing the normal services, the library serves a variety of valuable social functions in the neighbourhood. The local people do not want a gym. Yet the council has now closed the building, prior to expensive reconstruction work. No plans have been made available.

The feelings of the local people are so strong on this issue that, following a meeting on April 1st, some 40 people remained behind, now locked inside, determined to occupy the building until the council agrees to discuss the whole situation.

I hope that many local residents will wish to support the librarians and Friends of the Carnegie Library in their struggle for what they believe is right.”

Join the big march on Saturday April 9. Gather outside Carnegie Library, 118 Herne hill Rd., SE24 at 11:30AM. The march will go to Brixton via the threatened Minet Library. 

Saturday’s Big March from Carnegie to Brixton

There is also a Save the Archives event and March at the Minet Library on Saturday April 9 – see Save Minet Library Poster 11am – 1pm  which will join up with the Brixton March

Picture: REX/Shutterstock

Published: 8 April 2016

Interested in becoming a Charity Trustee? Local posts available.

Turney and Burbage Road committees often get asked to help with finding local residents to act as charity trustees.    Here are the latest requests:

Trustees sought for the CASSEL Centre, a registered charity based in Forest Hill SE23

Dedicated, professional people with an interest in preventative services for people with mental health, relationship and family difficulties are needed to support this essential local charity which offers over 9,000 sessions per annum.  Our turn-over is around £200,000 per annum.

We are keen to recruit people with a range of skills including business development, finance, public relations, marketing, commissioning and fundraising.

The CASSEL Centre’s mission is to prevent abuse, injustice and cruelty to children and adults and promote health and wellbeing.  Further details at CASSEL Centre request for expressions of interest in trusteeship

Southwark Pensioners’ Centre (SPC) is looking for trustees with legal and financial experience

SPC is a charity offering a range of services and activities to people over 50 in the London Borough of Southwark. Founded in 1987, the purpose of the Centre is to support older people to enjoy a good quality of life into a healthy old age by providing services, information across the Borough and a community resource centre working to promote choice and opportunity for the diverse population of older people.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee, further details are at Applying to be an SPC Trustee

 

 

 

Sainsbury’s moving into Dulwich Village – please protect the heritage shopping parade

Village residents are concerned that Sainsbury’s hasn’t done enough to protect the heritage features of Dulwich Village and are insisting on adopting their usual orange logo which does not sit easily with the rest of the heritage frontage on the Dulwich Village high street.

Southwark planning officers are recommending granting planning consent.  Village residents have written to the planning committee to request a rethink on the size and colour of the Sainsbury’s logo in Dulwich Village to ensure it is in keeping with the other businesses on the shopping parade.Letter to Planning Committee

The planning application will be heard at Southwark Planning Sub-Committee A, 6.30pm on Tuesday 5th April, 160 Tooley Street