Feb 272015
 

Lambeth Council has published a set of proposals for cultural services to the year 2020. The services covered are: libraries and archives; the Black Cultural Archives; parks and open spaces; sports and physical activity; and arts. The proposals target a reduction in spending on these areas of nearly £4million (around one third) from the current level (in 2014/15 ) by 2020.

The proposals for the library service (which is required to make a saving of one fifth – £800,000) include:

  • The closure of Waterloo Library and MInet Library and the sale of the buildings
  • The transfer of Carnegie, Durning and Upper Norwood libraries to independent charitable or community trusts, with the withdrawal of Council funding. These libraries will then be able to bid for money from an endowment fund that will be set up using the proceeds from the sale of Waterloo and Minet libraries and other Council assets.
  • Tate South Lambeth Library – the only other small (“neighbourhood”) library – will continue under Council management and funding, acting as the “town centre” library for the north of the borough, until 2020, when the situation will be reviewed.

On the surface this looks like a good result for TSL. Our library is not under immediate threat of closure or withdrawal of Council funding – even if the reprieve could be short.

But the committee of Friends of TSL is deeply concerned at the direction of library policy in Lambeth, as well as the details of implementation. Those concerns are expressed in the statement below issued by the Friends of Lambeth Libraries, the umbrella group for all library friends groups in Lambeth.

Feb 272015
 

The Friends of Lambeth Libraries -– the umbrella group for library friends groups – has issued this response to the Council’s proposals.

LAMBETH LIBRARIES IN PERIL!

Friends of Lambeth Libraries speaks for libraries and communities all over the borough.

We are appalled by Lambeth’s new ‘Culture 2020′ proposals for libraries. As the news spreads, it is being greeted with horror everywhere.

The core proposal is a drastic reduction from 10 to just five libraries – for a population of 310,000 (and growing). Large areas of the borough – especially in the north – will have nothing. Continue reading »

Feb 272015
 

· Look at Lambeth Council’s proposals in detail, either in the brochure you can pick up at the library desk or at www.lambeth.gov.uk/culture2020consultation ·  Comment on the proposals, either in the form in the brochure or online. The deadline is April 24th ·   Do your own lobbying to preserve this essential service, both local and borough-wide  

Feb 042015
 

  The latest library public forum (held on January 17th) heard the results of a consultation of library users on proposals for a comprehensive redesign of the interior of the library, involving major changes in layout and furniture (see earlier posting on this site). The public response was negative. The result from 36 respondents was: […]

Jan 252015
 
Happy Birthday RVT!

Marking LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual trans) history month, a presentation on  The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), Lambeth’s unique venue for LGBT culture. The site was part of Vauxhall Gardens. The pub was built immediately after the gardens closed, over 150 years ago. Now, after 350 years as a place for entertainment, its future is under threat […]

Jan 112015
 
Time to have a good time - at Friends' annual party

January is the month for Friends’ annual party – to which all members are invited and all non-members, as long as they join us at the door by paying the annual £3 subscription As always we’ll be staging a Burns Night celebration ( just before the actual event, so as not to clash with any […]

Jan 112015
 

Saturday January 17th is the date of the next library public forum at Tate South Lambeth Library– the face-to-face meeting of library managers and local people, held every three months, where the library’s plans are set out and its performance is held up to scrutiny by the general public. So come along – at 2-4pm […]

Nov 212014
 
Friends craft show - just in time for Christmas shopping

Saturday December 6th is the date for our annual craft show –  at the library from 10am to 3pm Come and meet local craft people. Hear them talk about and show their work- jewellery, cards, knitting, crochet, pottery and more. The library knitting group will be there, selling reasonably priced gifts to help raise funds for […]

Nov 212014
 
TSL has its own poppy display, thanks to local children

Tate South Lambeth has taken part in the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War war with a trail of poppies – above the entrance lobby and along the walls of the children’s area. All the poppies, many of which contained personal messages, were made by children from Wyvil Primary School. Not as […]

Sep 302014
 
Tate Local:The Moods of Brian Barry

Brian Barry lives on the Ashmole Estate and attends the Wednesday art classes at the Ashmole Tenants Hall, which are funded by the Metropolitan Housing Trust. The works in this exhibition in the library’s gallery area were done at home and at the art class. In the artist’s words “They are not ‘inspired’ but are […]

Sep 302014
 

Saturday October 11th is the date of the next library public forum at Tate South Lambeth – the face-to-face meeting of library managers and local people, held every three months, where the library’s plans are set out and its performance is held up to scrutiny by the general public. The main questions that the committee […]

Sep 302014
 

We’ve now seen the budget for Lambeth Libraries for 2014/15 (April 2014 to March 2015). This plans: a very substantial reduction in overall spending (operating costs only) on the previous year’s result, of £1,372,000 – a fall of 28.8%. This is in large part down to the reduction in employment costs as a result of […]

Sep 302014
 
Portuguese TV – and the Portuguese ambassador – drop in at TSL

TSL, Friends of TSL and other volunteers have received high-level public recognition for their service to the Portuguese community – in meeting the specific needs of that community, promoting integration and enhancing local knowledge and appreciation of Portugal’s culture (in the widest sense). First, two Portuguese television stations – the national public service RTP Internacional […]

Sep 302014
 
A vote of thanks to Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s at Nine Elms has donated a large trolley-full of snacks and drinks for the children’s reading club held every Friday at 3.45-5.00pm. Supporters of the library’s activities for children are very appreciative – as of course are the children. Thanks.

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