The second public forum – time to hold the library to account

Saturday July 13th is the date for the second meeting of the public forum at Tate South Lambeth Library, when the library management team, both central and local, will:

  • tell you what is happening at the library and what is planned
  • report progress on the plans/intentions announced at the March meeting (you can see these on the public forum notice board in the entrance lobby)

This is your chance – whoever you are – to say what you think about our local library, where you consider it has fallen short, where it has succeeded, and what you suggest should be done next.

Members of the committee of Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library will join in the discussion – in particular on two questions about spending this year:

(1) In the first week of June we heard of an additional £13,000 cut in the allocation for current spending (ie day-to-day spending – not capital/investment). That cut means that TSL will now have to make savings of a total £43,500 – which represents around one fifth of last year’s spend. We want to know how, where and when this cut will be made.

(2) TSL was allocated £107,000 in capital spending this year (incidentally by far the lowest sum for any Lambeth library). Three months in to the financial year we have seen no sign of any progress on this. Given the long lead time on such spending ( with contracts being put out to bidding) this is worrying, as our understanding is that any allocation not spent before the end of the financial year (ie by April 1st 2014) will be lost.

The session runs from 2pm to 4pm. But if you come early you can drop in at the Plant Sale in the library garden and appreciate the planting that the gardening group has done there and in adjoining Wilcox Close.

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