Many of you will be aware of the issues relating to the Carnegie Library and Lambeth’s plans to reconfigure their library services. Campaigners have been occupying the library for over a week and Lambeth is now taking steps to force the campaigners to vacate the library. More than 1000 people marched from the Carnegie and Minet libraries to Brixton on Saturday 9th April to protest against the library closure.
The following web sites and articles provide some background:
Follow @hernehillforum, #carnegieoccupation
Toby Litt in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/apr/08/why-we-continue-our-fight-to-save-lambeth-carnegie-library
And what are Lambeth saying?
Lambeth news release 4th April 2016 - https://lambethnews.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/update-carnegie-library/
Series of tweets from Lambeth Council issued on 8th April 2016:
To be clear: We are NOT closing libraries – there are ten libraries in Lambeth now, and there will be ten libraries in the future. Overall, Lambeth libraries will be open longer and book stocks will be protected. We have committed to 2 new libraries in the coming years & have recently built a new Clapham library and refurbished Streatham & Brixton. Carnegie will reopen with a library service that will remain free and open to all. The new gym at Carnegie will be housed in the currently unused basement of the building. The rest of the building at Carnegie will provide at least as much community space as now, including a library service.
As an old member of the Dulwich Society and a Friend of the Carnegie Library I should like to say a few words on the subject.
The Carnegie Library, as everyone will know, is just over the border in Lambeth, but is used by many Dulwich residents, and those who do not use it may well hold it in some regard.
We are all aware of the threat to libraries and the situation in Lambeth is no exception. However, the librarians and the Friends of the library have devised financial proposals which, they believe, will enable the institution to continue as initially intended. Up to this moment, the council have not been willing to discuss these solutions. Instead, they have devised a scheme which involves closing the library and inviting a private company to change the building into a fee paying gym.
To my knowledge, as well as providing the normal services, the library serves a variety of valuable social functions in the neighbourhood. The local people do not want a gym. Yet the council has now closed the building, prior to expensive reconstruction work. No plans have been made available.
The feelings of the local people are so strong on this issue that, following a meeting on April 1st, some 40 people remained behind, now locked inside, determined to occupy the building until the council agrees to discuss the whole situation.
I do believe that many liberal minded members of the Dulwich Society will wish to support the librarians and Friends of the Carnegie Library in their struggle for what they believe is right.
David Smart (as it happens, a founder member of the Dulwich Society)
The Dulwich Estate and Hix & Bucks have announced that The Wine Parlour will be opening on Half Moon Lane in the unit formerly occupied by “Just Williams”.
18 Half Moon Lane Statement from The Dulwich Estate and Hix & Buck Ltd 4 April 2016 - The Dulwich Estate is pleased to advise that terms have been agreed with Hix & Buck Ltd to take a lease on 18 Half Moon Lane. Hix & Buck Ltd is an independent wine importer and wine merchant based in Brixton and trading there as The Wine Parlour. Herne Hill will be its second outlet, offering a range of high quality wines sourced on an exclusive basis from small independent vineyards across Europe. Wines will be available by the glass, pichet and bottle, to drink on the premises or to take away. In addition it will offer Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2 & 3 courses and tasting events for those who wish to improve their knowledge and enjoyment of wine. Founder and business owner, Chix Chandaria, said that “We are excited by the opportunity to grow our business and we look forward to welcoming both existing and new customers to Herne Hill where we want to fully participate in the local community in this vibrant area of South London”.
There is still no confirmation on the date for the commissioning of the other cycling facilities and Southwark has not responded to concerns raised in the recent safety audit. The Society has now written to the relevant Council Cabinet member asking for action to be taken.
Arguments over the green space next to the Judith Kerr School on Half Moon Lane continue. The Dulwich Estate issued a copy of its recent statement to local councillors at a meeting on 15 March while the 'Save the JKPS Green Space Campaign', made up of some local residents and parents of children at the school, issued a press release on Thursday - the two statements are published in full below:
Report on a meeting between the DS Traffic and Transport Group and Govia Thameslink Railway on 16 Feb 2016
Present: Govia Thameslink (GT): Stuart Cheshire, Passenger Service Director, Thameslink; and Terry Oliver. Dulwich Society (DS): Alastair Hanton, Pamela Monblat & Barry Coker
Introduction: The DS confirmed that it was the largest local amenity society in SE London representing over 1100 households who make regular use of local transport – especially local rail services.
GT explained that they were part of the group of companies which provide rail services for Thameslink, Southern & South Eastern railways. They also noted that, contrary to popular belief, the income from tickets etc. did not go to GT directly but to the Department for Transport. GT were provided with a fee for running the contracted services but were penalised for trains which did not run, did not stop at stations, etc.
The DS queried the continued disruption to trains travelling to and from London Bridge including instances where trains terminated at South Bermondsey.
The extended public consultation finished on the 21 March and the scheme was discussed in more detail at the Dulwich Community Council meeting the week before on 15 March when a deputation form the Court Lane Residents Association spoke. The proposed removal of several island crossings and of safety barriers outside schools remains controversial, as has the idea of restricting number of lanes at the Village junction and the ‘no left turn’ into Turney from Dulwich Village. It is clear, however, from Council statements at both the DCC and the recent Council Public Question meeting that, unless there is a change in funding after the mayoral election, the scheme is likely to go ahead despite whatever residents say.
Surprise proposals for the blanket introduction of yellow lines at 126 junctions in and around Dulwich were discussed at the DCC. Criticism over the lack of consultation forced a halt so that all stakeholders could be briefed.
The proposal for a single yellow line loading bay outside the proposed Sainsbury’s and restaurants in Dulwich Village was thought to be sensible and was approved.
The Society has raised concerns about rumoured plans to centralise Traffic Management issues in Tooley Street away from Community Councils. Local Councillors are currently being consulted but it seems to us that residents should also be asked for their views.
Dulwich Society Annual General Meeting - 25 April 2016
Executive Committee Reports For The Year 2015
Local shop rents: The Dulwich Estate has been heavily criticized, both in the local press and on social media, for its stance on raising shop rents. A number of rent reviews are currently being negotiated and there is much concern locally that substantial increases could lead to there being less independent traders. The Estate was forced to issue a statement clarifying its position over ‘Just Williams’ in Herne Hill.
Dulwich Community Hospital site: The new Charter School East Dulwich will occupy most of the former hospital site and construction work should start in 2017 - its first students are due to start in September this year on a temporary school site in Peckham. The latest information on the proposed health facility on the south east corner is that it should be operational by 2019.
Dulwich Hamlet Football Club: Discussions over the future of the Dulwich Hamlet Football Club continue. The developer/owner still intends to build flats on the existing ground and move the stadium onto the adjacent Green Dale. This is Metropolitan Open Land and the Society’s view is that it should not be built on.
Cycle Quietways consultation: Following considerable public engagement last year, Southwark Council produced a set of proposals to encourage more cycling in the local area. These were consulted on in February/March.
Flood alleviation works: Southwark Council won two awards for the recent flood alleviation schemes in Dulwich Park, Belair Park and the Southwark Community Trust Sports Ground.
Sainsburys: Shepherds assigned their lease to Sainsburys last autumn. Subject to planning approval for the proposed new shop front and signage the new ‘Micro Store’ should open on March/April.
New Post office: This was incorporated successfully into Rumsey the chemist. The old Post office unit is closed pending re-letting.
Sunday 8 May: Walking with Wates. Ian McInnes will lead two tours through the 1950s & 60s Wates Estates in ‘South Dulwich’ & Upper Norwood. Book on http://dulwichfestival.co.uk
Tuesday 10 May: Why are there no pubs on the west side of Lordship Lane? Ian McInnes will give a free talk on the history of East Dulwich at 2.0pm at the Dulwich Library.
Tuesday 10 May: The Surprising Story of Christ’s Chapel: Christ’s Chapel was built only 11 years after the Gunpowder Plot and during the first century of its 400 years it was a place of religious fanaticism and change. This and later changes in religious observance can be seen in aspects of the interior of the building which will be explained by historian Brian Green. Music played a vital part in the history of Christ’s Chapel; Handel. Arne, Vaughan Williams and Holst all had walk-on roles. Marilyn Harper, Chapel Organist will play some of their music on the same organ in use since 1760.
Sunday 15 May: Dulwich & Herne Hill Pubs exhibition at Rosebery Lodge at the Dulwich Park Fair: The Dulwich & Herne Hill Societies are publishing a new book on the history of local pubs in May. This exhibition celebrates its launch with original pictures, posters and historic newspaper articles.
We are sponsoring a Front Garden competition, open to all households in the Dulwich area. Entry is free. Prizes will be awarded for the Front Garden of the Year (£100 garden voucher), with five Gold Prizes (£50 garden vouchers) and five Silver Prizes (£25 garden vouchers). For details and an application form, see the “Gardens” section. The closing date for entries is 31st May 2016. Judging will take place in June.
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