“CARNEGIE SHOULD BE RETAINED AS A LIBRARY” – MP Helen Hayes calls for an independent trust….CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET……..RONNIE CORBETT LIVED IN UPPER NORWOOD…
“CARNEGIE SHOULD BE RETAINED AS A LIBRARY” – MP Helen Hayes calls for an independent trust
Dulwich and West Norwood MP Helen Hayes posted the following statement about the Carnegie library yesterday (March 31st):
Carnegie library in Herne Hill will close temporarily today. Many local residents have been in touch with me about Carnegie and I know that there is a great deal of anxiety locally about the temporary closure and plans for the future of Carnegie.
I am absolutely committed to seeing the Carnegie library retained as a library at the heart of our community and put on a sustainable financial footing for the long term. I have set out below my understanding of the current situation and the important next steps in securing the future of Carnegie.
Lambeth council have faced unprecedented cuts to its budget in recent years, and with 75 per cent of the Council’s funding now committed to children’s and adults’ social services and significant challenges in Lambeth in areas such as domestic abuse and youth violence, this has led to some extremely difficult and unpalatable choices.
This is the consequence of six years of national government which has deliberately forced areas of high deprivation such as Lambeth to bear a disproportionate burden of its austerity programme.
Over the next three years Lambeth expects to have to bear a further £50million of cuts. Despite the government’s rhetoric it was able to identify £300million extra of funding for some councils a few weeks ago, but not a single penny of this went to Lambeth, while £24.1million of additional money was allocated to Surrey, the most affluent county in the whole country.
The chief executive of Lambeth council and I recently met with the local government minister to talk to him face to face about the impact that the government’s cuts are having in Lambeth, including specifically the pressures on the libraries budget, but the Tory government remains committed to an entirely unfair distribution of cuts, in exactly the same way as the previous Tory-Lib Dem coalition government.
In this context, Lambeth council have sought to identify alternative solutions for its neighbourhood libraries, to enable the buildings to stay open, providing a library service, but run on a different basis which allows additional revenue to be generated to meet the costs of running them.
Elsewhere in my constituency, the decision was taken several years ago to set up an independent trust to run the Upper Norwood Joint Library – this trust is now well established and is developing exciting plans for the running of this building with a library at its heart.
This is what I want to see for Carnegie – a beautiful building which has the potential to be used for a wide variety of different purposes, but which is focused on providing a library.
The council are working with their social enterprise partner Greenwich Leisure Limited to explore ways in which new uses might be brought in to the Carnegie in order to generate additional income. There must be clear parameters for this discussion.
It is clear to me that the main and dominant use of the Carnegie must be the provision of a library and spaces for community meetings and that any other revenue raising uses must be subservient to these.
I would particularly welcome creative thinking about the utilisation of spaces which are currently unused or underused at the Carnegie. The council are also looking to undertake a transfer of the building to the Carnegie Community Trust – so that it can be run by local residents as a neighbourhood library and community hub.
The proposed transfer of the building and the diversification of uses to include the neighbourhood library is being done with the knowledge of the Carnegie Trust UK who administer the Carnegie legacy nationally.
I am clear that in order for the Carnegie to continue to be a successful library, it must be properly run. This may mean some changes to the staffing, but I am determined to see a well-stocked library, efficient book and DVD ordering systems, provision of computers and study space, as well as a creative and well run programme of community events and activities throughout the year.
The building itself also needs to be run on a day to day basis by staff who have the skills to engage with residents and community groups in a thoughtful and creative way and create a warm and welcoming environment for all users of the library.
It has been suggested that that library provision at Carnegie will be reduced to a small bookshelf – this has never been proposed by the council and would clearly be completely unacceptable.
While the building must generate additional income, spaces within the library must continue to be available to community groups at an affordable rate, so that the chess club, Ruskin Readers and all of the other activities which currently take place in the library and which make it the heart of our community can continue.
It is essential, in the short term that the council works with the groups who currently use the library to identify alternative venues, so that they can continue to operate while the building is closed and return to it when it reopens.
I meet regularly with the local ward councillors to discuss Carnegie, and I have met in recent weeks with members of Lambeth Council’s Cabinet and the Chief Executive to highlight the issues that local residents raise with me, as I have done regularly since being elected last May.
I pressed the council not to temporarily close the Carnegie on 1 April for works to the building without a very clear plan of action and timescale to reopen it, and to work with the Trust and GLL to engage with residents as soon as possible to provide an opportunity for everyone to see the plans for the future and comment on them, and I will continue to press for this.
I am absolutely committed to seeing the Carnegie library remain open, as a library, for the long term, and I will continue to work hard with local residents and councillors to achieve this.
(Paragraphs highlighted in bold by News From Crystal Palace – Ed)
Further reading on this website:
November 17, 2015
LABOUR SUPPORTERS BEHIND ‘COMMUNITY GROUP’
TWO FORMER labour councillors are among a so-called ‘community group’ which Lambeth council says it will deal with when discussing Carnegie library……..
November 17, 2015
“WE WILL WORK WITH OUR LABOUR CHUMS” – EDBROOKE
The following question and answer is on tomorrow night’s agenda in which Cllr Edbrooke says they will work with the Carnegie Community Trust – but not, it appears, the Friends of Carnegie library……
CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET
This week we welcome Andrew from Gill Wing Farm, who is taking over the butcher’s stall. Find him alongside Michael tomorrow, who is helping with the handover. Andrew farms organically on the Kent/Sussex borders in a mixed farming system which includes pigs, lambs, chickens, turkeys, vegetables & grains. All the animal feed is grown in-house. Andrew will be sourcing his beef from Jacob’s Ladder and other nearby farms.
Guest stalls this week
Guest lunch – Simply Tay Meat option: Kofte curry and fish curry. Veg option: black eyed peas and potato curry. All served with pilau rice and daahl. And yes …. they’ll be samosas.
Toys & more – Rachel de Cruz & daughter Grace’s stall this week will be raising money for Cancer Research and Grace’s France trip in May (50/50). The stall will have games, jigsaws, hama beads, lego friends and soft toys and will run from 10.30. Find them next to the Handmade Palace stall.
Cheese & more – Capo Caccia Sardinian cheese, charcuterie & oil. Tomorrow, Antonia is bringing a brand new aged ricotta, cow’s milk greviera plus organic pecorino and goat’s cheese and a new Sardinian snack “tranci di guttiau” – baked in the wooden fire oven!
Handmade pasta – Pastificio Mansi Fresh pasta to cook at home. She’s back! “The menu is: artichoke & pecorino ravioli – broccoli & ‘nudja ravioli – potato gnocchi – gorgonzola & pear mascarpone – spinach, walnuts & nutmeg.” “Oh and homemade tomato sauce.”
Preserves – Imogeni Home made jams, jellies & chutneys.
Gluten free/dairy free/yeast free – Elvira’s Secret Pantry Cakes: apple & rhubarb, chocolate & pear, nutty brownies, lemon polenta, pumpkin & chocolate. courgette & hazelnut, raw sugar-free energy boost snack bars, vegan chocolate mini loaves. Savoury: spinach & leek tart, mushroom tart, tomato, olive, potato & rosemary tart. Bread: dark sourdough, Mediterranean olive loaf.
Beer – Hiver Beers Beer made with honey.
Wine – Le Grappin Wine made by Andrew & Emma. “Find our new 2015 Beaujolais-Villages “Nature“, #Bagnums and, Rouge and Blanc for your refillable bottles. (#Bagnums and refillables are 80% less carbon footprint than a standard bottle, cheaper and more practical.) Say hi to winemaker Andrew and ask him about the “IBC project”. We’re always trying new things at Le Grappin!”
Cakes – Cakertree Cakes made by Naomi. Chocolate donuts, date & caramel shortcake, walnut & coffee cake, vanilla bean cake and lots more.
Lunch – Comfort & Joy Deli stall selling salads, pies, wraps (hot or cold), pies from Andrea.
Vegetables, salad, herbs & fruit – Brambletye Fruit Farm, Brockmans &Wild Country Organics.
Local growing project – Patchwork Farm (a Crystal Palace Transition Town project).
Find seedlings for your growing projects – and 5 wild flower sets to give away from GROW WILD.
Also find the 21 stories from Transition book – where the market & Patchwork Farm are featured.
Fish – Veasey’s Orders can be taken over email@example.com by phone 01342 822906, via dm on twitter @fishmongersFR or even by Royal Mail.
Meat – Gill Wing Farm Come along and meet new farmer/butcher Andrew, and hear about his farm on the Kent/Sussex borders. Andrew will be bringing a full range of meat to market. 20% off bacon this week – both back and streaky. Some interesting pig news:- outdoor pigs are so much healthier as they absorb minerals they need from rolling in mud.
Cured meats – The Charcuterie Board “Picnic-time! Sliced charcuterie is the way to go. Find nape, beef silverside, fennel saucisson and more besides. If you’re BBQing seafood, you’ll need some sobrasada, and don’t forget we’ll have a massive ham from which Elliot will expertly slice to order. Have a great sunny weekend.”
Raw milk, butter & other dairy – Hook Dairy Here’s an interview with farmer Steve about raw milk, price wars & the Moo Man movie.
Bread (& naughty brownies) – Chas & Momo
Storecupboard refills – The Grain Grocer
Locally made art & crafts – Handmade Palace
Cafe – our friends at Antenna Cafe.
Collectables market – our neighbour market Haynes Lane Market, a treasure trove of collectables.
The Foodbank – Latest drop off (Tuesday 15 Mar) – 14.9 kilos. Total so far 819 kilos.
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CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET bottom of Haynes Lane / top of Bedwardine Road. Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm.
Now on two sites – the normal Antenna car park site and also in the Haynes Lane market courtyard.
“Meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, honey, bread, cakes, salads, hot foods, the Cafe Thing, coffee, tea, pastries, cheese, dairy and munch munch more.”
West Norwood Food bank collection: every week at the market. Their shopping list – which changes every so often. – can be found at
(The above is copied from an email; which mentions various links – for full links please go to the market website – Thanks)
Comedian Ronnie Corbett, who has died at the age of 85, was a one-time Church Road resident.
The book ‘Crystal Palace – Norwood Heights a pictorial record’ by Audrey Hammond and Brian Dann records that he lived on Church Road in the 1960s, moving in 1971