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

 

Final Chance to respond to the Quietway 7 Consultations.

19th March 2016

Dear Neighbours

This is the final reminder about the Southwark and Lambeth Consultations on Quietway 7.  If you haven’t already responded to the consultation there is still time to respond to this important local consultation.

The closing dates and times are:

Southwark – TOMORROW Sunday 20th March 2016 Midnight

Lambeth – TOMORROW Sunday 20th March 2016 11pm.

The consultations are available online at Southwark Turney Road Quietway Consultation

Southwark Quietway Dulwich Village Junction Consultation

Lambeth Quietway Consultations

Looking at how the decisions were made on the first Quietway in Southwark, individual responses are critical so please encourage all members of your family and local friends to respond.  It is very important that you make a clear YES/NO answer.  A qualified YES or NO with a list of comments will simply be counted as  FULL agreement or as a  FULL objection in the final stats of numbers of supporters or objectors.  The comments will be listed separately with a narrative response.

Plea from Lambeth resident Dawn on behalf of the Dalmore Road Safety Group who have created a petition requesting Lambeth to consult fully through an open meeting and not to proceed with the Quietway 7 route without taking steps to reduce traffic speed and volume on adjacent roads. Her petition is open till 27 April 2016.  Dalmore Road Safety Group Petition  (Technically, the petition is for those who live, work & study in Lambeth but it has been accepting signatures from Southwark residents.  Ignore the live/work/study in Lambeth question if that is not the case & the signature is still accepted.)

An interim consultation report was published at the Southwark Dulwich Community Council last Tuesday InterimQuietwayupdate15Mar16001

We have opened up a page of local responses to the Quietway on our web site:  Local Quietway Responses

Many thanks to all those who have already responded.

Kind regards

 

Turney Road Residents’ Association

See local Quietway 7 Consultation responses

We will be posting up responses to the Quietway 7 consultation on this page:

Dulwich Society Quietway Response

Letter from Co-heads of Dulwich Village Infants School

Response from children of Dulwich Village Hamlet School

Court Lane RA Dulwich Village Junction Survey

Court Lane Survey Monkey data on Dulwich Village Junction 19 March 2016

 

Why is there such controversy over the Judith Kerr school site?

Parents in Herne Hill have launched a petition urging planners to protect a playing field at Judith Kerr Primary School (JKPS), 62-68 Half Moon Lane from being sold off for development by the Dulwich Estate.  The Dulwich Estate has recently announced it would like to build sheltered housing for older residents on the site.

State school JKPS leases its buildings and grounds from The Dulwich Estate, an education charity that counts Dulwich College, Alleyn’s and James Allen’s Girls’ School among its beneficiaries. However, not all the land at the site is leased by the school and the lease terms specify that the green space not leased by the school can be sold and developed into residential housing at any time, subject to planning permission from Southwark Council.

James Roberts, a spokesman for the parents’ Green Space Campaign, said the group was urging the council to change the status of the field to “Open Space” in order to protect it.

The New Southwark Plan preferred option is to designate JKPS green space to ‘Other Open Space’. The petition asked respondees to register support to ensure the designation of ‘Other Open Space’ is approved.    Southwark Council are not yet in a position to say what the final outcome is likely to be as the consultation has just closed.

In the meantime, the Dulwich Estate has said it has submitted representations to the council concerning the land at 62-68 Half Moon Lane for possible use as subsidised sheltered housing for elderly people.  It also plans a public consultation exercise.   See The Dulwich Estate Statement about the Almshouses

What are the issues with the lease?

Further background (courtesy of the Dulwich Estate June 2015):

“….The establishment of a school in this location was not under the control of nor encouraged by the Estate.

The CfBT Schools Trust took an assignment of the building lease from King’s College London in the clear knowledge that the remaining term of the lease was relatively short. The Estate was approached with a view to securing a longer tenure in order that the School could obtain the substantial funding required to convert the premises for use as a school from the Education Funding Agency.

The agreement between CfBT Schools Trust and the Estate was reached in order to accommodate the Trust’s aim of securing the future of the School in the longer term. The Trust was well aware that in consideration for this, the area of the site to be occupied by the School going forward would not be the whole site. The Trust chose to establish a school in this location on the basis of this agreement, i.e. that the Estate would take back part of the original site…”

The lease from The Dulwich Estate stipulates that JKPS is not allowed to object to planning permission.  Therefore the JKPS Green Space Campaign was established to prevent the school from losing the playing field on behalf of the school, its children and the local community. The lease further restricts the school, CfBT and the school’s governing body from opposing the planning application(s).

 

 

Published: 26 Feb 2016

The future of the Half Moon pub – in the balance?

After the euphoria about the Half Moon pub reopening following a closure of more than two and half years, it now seems its future is once again in the balance.

Fuller’s have submitted a planning application for a gastropub-style operation with a large kitchen and eating area taking over the internal parts of the pub formerly used as a music venue.  Local activists have been vigorously campaigning to get the music venue restored, and the planning application has attracted more than 200 comments, mostly objections, with a petition to save the music venue so far reaching more than 7000 signatures.   The pub has been designated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) which campaigners see as a step towards saving the pub as a music venue for the community.

Now Fuller’s have made it clear that they don’t plan to run it as a music venue as they claim it is outside their field of expertise.  It is also clear that Fuller’s leasing the pub from the Dulwich Estate is dependent on getting planning consent for the restaurant and the deal will fall through if planning consent fails and/or they are required to provide a music venue inside the building which they are not interested in providing.  The Estate are challenging the ACV designation of the Half Moon Public House  as it “protects the use of the property as a public house only – it does not secure any part of the premises as a venue for live entertainment since this is ancillary to the primary use of property as a public house. The planning application by Fullers does not propose any change of use to the ground floor which will remain as a public house.”

Expect a battle royal between Fuller’s and the campaigners at the sub-planning committee hearing currently scheduled for 8th March.  If Fuller’s exit, local campaigners may look to take the pub into community ownership and run it as a music venue.

What would you like to see happen at the Half Moon?   Is the loss of a music venue a showstopper or would you be happy to see it reopen as a gastropub helping to increase footfall for local shops?

Further reading: Statement from the Dulwich Estate Half Moon Pub ACV designation

Fuller’s statement on the Half Moon Pub

Latest from Save the Half Moon campaign:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/savethehalfmoon/permalink/1290919570925650/

Sign the Petition to Save the Half Moon as a music venue