LOONY LAMBETH FOUR
LABOUR-DOMINATED GROUP GET CONTROL OF CARNEGIE LIBRARY HERNE HILL
Lambeth council have agreed to give control of the Carnegie library, Herne Hill to a secret self-elected group of five which includes two former Lambeth Labour councillors and the life partner of a former Lambeth Labolur council leader.
The decision to hand over the library to the Carnegie Community Trust is set to cause uproar in the area among library supporters and readers.
It will almost certainly see the Charity Commissioners becoming involved – and Lambeth council possibly facing yet ANOTHER judicial review if their decision is legally challenged.
In yet another atrocious example of Lambeth council incompetence and mismanagement The Carnegie Library Association – the other group which wants to take the library over – only learned they had lost TWO HOURS after printed council flyers had dropped on the doormats of local residents homes telling people of the decision.
To add insult to injury a statement on the council’s Love Lambeth website written by a council press officer today (Friday) claims: “The Trust’s board is made up of long-term local residents who are all active in the Herne Hill community.”
The statement on the website bears a staggering resemblance to what is on the printed flyers delivered to residents.
And Jeff Doorn of the Carnegie Library Association has been told by Lambeth council that if they want to appeal the decision they have to appeal to Herne Hill ward Cllr Gym Dickson –
who can then take it to Sonia Winifred, the council’s cabinet member for equalities and culture.
News From Crystal Palace asked Lambeth council if Cllr Dickson can refuse to take the appeal to Cllr Sonia Winifred? And if so what happens then?
Lambeth council’s response: “He wouldn’t /couldn’t refuse to pass on the appeal, he’d be acting as the local community’s representative to the council.”
The Labour domination of the Carnegie Community Trust could be challenged by the Charity Commissioners.
In March this year the Charity Commissioners told News From Crystal Palace:
Trustee boards may include serving politicians or representatives of political parties. However, a charity must stress its independence and ensure that any involvement it has with political parties is balanced.
A charity must not support or fund a political party, nor a candidate or politician. Trustees must not allow the charity to be used as a vehicle for the expression of the personal or political views of any individual trustee or staff member.
First reaction came from Lambeth’s Conservative opposition leader Cllr Tim Briggs: “People have to understand that Labour councillors will keep disrespecting residents and community groups if they feel that they can do what they want and that people will still vote for them.
“Conservative councillors believe that libraries provide opportunities for anyone from any background to work hard and improve themselves, and that libraries are community hubs.
“So we are sickened by Labour councillors wasting millions of pounds of our money trying to turn the Carnegie into a gym, and have opposed their libraries sell-off at every opportunity.
“If you google ‘Lambeth Opposition Budget’ you can read in detail our pledge to save the Carnegie with practical suggestions and cost neutral proposals, as well as raise £13.7 million from cutting waste and mismanagement.
“Hopefully it will not be too late for a sensible administration to reverse the appalling destruction of community assets like the Carnegie by the local elections in 2018.”
Further updates as we get more reactions – Ed.
Unison claim Lambeth Council is diverting public money to help fund library group containing ex-Labour Cllrs Brixton Buzz November 6, 2014
“WE WILL WORK WITH OUR LABOUR CHUMS” – EDBROOKE News From Crystal Palace November 17, 2015
COMMUNITY INTEREST ORGANISATIONS RULES – “INVOLVEMENT WITH POLITICAL PARTIES MUST BE BALANCED” SAY CHARITY COMMISSION News From Crystal Palace
March 24, 2017
LAMBETHWATCH – UTTERLY BONKERS PART TWO: Lambeth council’s latest reason for refusing a Freedom of Information request: “PEOPLE NOT INTERESTED IN SECRET CARNEGIE LIBRARY GROUP” (And estate agents should note that Herne Hill is in a wetlands area.) News From Crystal Palace July 12, 2017
UPDATE: LETTER DELIVERED IN ERROR SAYS GYM DICKSON
Herne Hill ward Cllr ‘Gym’ Dickson sent the following email out: Thanks for coming last night* I was clear with the meeting that I knew who the preferred bidder was but that I couldn’t say as the two bidders had not been notified.
The letter to the bidders were delivered this morning. The leaflet informing residents of next steps including that information was due to be delivered on Saturday morning. it was delivered this morning in error. So I’m happy to accept that the council does owe both bidders and apology. All the best Jim
*Meeting with residents living near Carnegie library, Herne Hill about construction works to library basement