CARNEGIE LIBRARY CLOSED FOR ANOTHER YEAR AS GREENWICH LEISURE GO AHEAD WITH CONTROVERSIAL GYM PLANS
Carnegie library at Herne Hill will be closed for another year, Lambeth council have admitted.
The announcement comes as Greenwich Leisure have submitted plans for their hugely unpopular proposals to put a gym in the basement of the library on Herne Hill Road.
Lambeth say the plans should be “determined” early next year.
A Lambeth council press release announcing the application also states:
“Two community groups have submitted formal applications to the council to run the building in Herne Hill through an Asset Transfer process.
“It is planned that a Neighbourhood Library service, provided by Lambeth council and hosted in the building, will open towards the end of 2017 alongside other community uses and a new gym in the basement.
“Both business plans recognise the wider range of uses for the building as essential in maintaining a library service into the future.
“The council worked closely with both groups – The Carnegie Community Trust and The Carnegie Library Association – and the Asset Transfer submissions will be independently assessed over the coming months.
“The new neighbourhood library for Carnegie will include longer opening hours, a similar level of bookstock as previously, DVDs, audio books, books in large print, IT facilities, study space, self-service book lending, a programme of activities including a weekly under-fives session, and librarians on site for at least two hours per day.
“Similar Neighbourhood Libraries have recently opened successfully in Waterloo and Upper Norwood, run in partnership with community groups.”
The statement also includes comments from Lambeth council’s cabinet member for business, regeneration and culture Cllr Jack Hopkins who said: “Both community groups have accepted the benefits of introducing a wider range of activities to the building, raising extra revenue to keep the library in Herne Hill for many years to come.
“I’m confident that when the building reopens, it will be a great community hub offering something for everyone, including a great neighbourhood library.”
Lambeth council say further information about Carnegie, and information on what is happening across Lambeth’s libraries, can be found online at www.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-libraries-faq
(An alternative version can be found elsewhere on this website – please see Lambeth libraries – Frequently asked questions May 06, 2016 – Editor.)
The two planning applications submitted by Greenwich Leisure are:
Retention of the existing library together with the erection of two extension to the south west elevation and part excavation of the basement and an external plant compound provided at basement level. Existing columns supporting the ground floor will be underpinned and sections of the masonry walls removed and certain openings enlarged.
Existing basement cloakroom fittings including sanitary ware, finishes and partitions will be stripped out to permit reconfiguration and expansion of these facilities with alterations at ground floor level comprising forming a new door to the existing stairwell, removal of existing and provision of new partitions. (Town Planning and Listed Building Consent 16/06270/FUL); and
Retention of the existing library together with the erection of two extension to the south west elevation and part excavation of the basement and an external plant compound provided at basement level. (Town Planning and Listed Building Consent 16/06271/LB)