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NOT THE HERNE HILL LABOUR NEWS
Summer edition (Draft version)
Delivered free to some homes in the Herne Hill area – but not those near the Carnegie library – because a) the people living near the library would know what a pack of lies we are spinning and b) No-one in their right mind would pay for the tosh we’re putting out.
The reopening of the Carnegie library has moved a step closer with works to start in the late summer to bring it back to life despite our attempts to try and kill the wretched thing.
The re-opened building will host the much-loved (but not by us) library, an enterprise centre (although we don’t actually know what the hell that is), and a range of community activity on the ground and first floors with a new gym in the basement run by the council’s leisure provider, the aptly-named Greenwich Leisure.
The library is expected to open in December 2017 or January 2018. Or any time after that. We had planned to open it within months of it closing but we have to keep changing the dates because (insert reason here).
The library will be fully staffed, mainly by Greenwich Leisure staff who know nothing or very little about books and do not know much about what local organisations could help people with problems such as the Citizens Advice Bureau.
There will also be librarians but they won’t be there that often.
The library will be open seven days a week with a similar number of books as before but where we are going to put them all we have no idea.
There will be a similar number of computers, reading groups and “facilities” for children as it did previously. (Does this mean there will still be a children’s library?)
The council is working with Herne Hill resident group Carnegie Community Trust (well it has five members who are all residents. Somewhere.) to transfer ownership of the building to the community rather than the Friends of Carnegie Library and various assorted groups who we don’t like because they don’t share our views and we do not tolerate dissent in Lambeth.
Other activities could include a café and entertainment space but we don’t know where on earth we are going to put them with all the books the building will have.
Herne Hill ward councillors Jim Dickson, Jack Hopkins and Michelle Agdomar, who have not worked hard to get the library re-opened, said: “We’re very sad that what we campaigned for – a gym in the main part of the library – has not been realised.”
Your Herne Hill ward councillors take huge pride in the way Lambeth council have improved the council’s financial management.
This is why we are getting the library funded by Greenwich Leisure. We have given them the basement for the first five years rent free – plus £1 million.
This will help fund the library because (Insert reason here).
The Carnegie Community Trust received a grant of £50,000 from the Cooperative Borough Fund in 2013.
“The purpose of the funding was to provide additional capacity to enable it to progress with its work on developing viable and sustainable proposals for the conservation, adaption and repair of the Carnegie library building to accommodate additional community, cultural, social investment and commercial uses to create a sustainable Community Hub with a library at its heart.”
(Sustainable community hub with a library at its heart – how do we get round that?)
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