Category Archives: Lambeth Council

Boundaries: walk round Crystal Palace’s five boroughs, Apr 30

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Streatham Common 18th annual kite day, May 15

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Protestors occupy under-threat library to halt council’s closure

The people are taking over. It is a gathering story from deepest south London of a popular uprising, of the sort that you might expect from oppressed locals against a tyrannical Conservative local authority. But the occupation of the Carnegie … Continue reading

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Library trust to put books on wheels and seek £100 donations

Our bookish gyms correspondent GENE BRODIE hears that the Upper Norwood Library Trust’s plans for the brave new future of a volunteer-run public library might not be as definite as you might expect, with their takeover of the building due … Continue reading

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MP Reed accuses library campaign of ‘disgusting’ lobbying

Steve Reed OBE, the Progress MP for Lambeth South/Croydon North (delete according to taste) has entered the row over the closures of four Lambeth libraries, including Upper Norwood Library losing all its professional staff at the end of April, by … Continue reading

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Lambeth confirms Upper Norwood Library closure in April

Bookish gyms correspondent GENE BRODIE reports on an announcement which has been described as “a betrayal” of Labour voters Whoever is in the Brains Trust running the Labour Party in south London really needs to authorise some modest expenditure on … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, 2018 council elections, Croydon Council, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Timothy Godfrey, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Job losses and volunteer libraries leaves us feeling let down

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Public library provision is a statutory requirement for local authorities such as Croydon. But they also represent a soft target when councils want to make cuts. ROBERT GIBSON says that the funding announcement for Crystal Palace’s library is … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Greenwich Leisure, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Timothy Godfrey, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Scudamore rides to library rescue with extra £50,000 grant

Bryher Scudamore, one of the trustees, has told Inside Croydon that she is “delighted” that the Upper Norwood Library Trust has squeezed an additional £50,000 over two years from Lambeth Council for the running of the facility. Upper Norwood Library, … Continue reading

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Library campaigners take Lambeth to court over bookish gyms

Lambeth Council, which last month lost a case in the High Court over its handling of a public con-consultation on housing, is to face another Judicial Review, this time over its “omnishambles” handling of its libraries con-consultation which has threatened … Continue reading

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Lambeth approves ‘omni-shambles’ libraries closure plan

How democracy works in south London, Part 94… STEP 1: Lambeth’s “co-operative” council issues a consultation, cleverly entitled Vision 2020 (geddit?), outlining how the Labour-run Town Halls wants to implement the government’s austerity agenda by making deep cuts to its … Continue reading

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MP Reed ‘committed’ to funding for Upper Norwood Library

Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Croydon North, has sent the Save the Upper Norwood Library campaign a supportive message as the campaigners try to stop the “decommissioning” of their library services as part of Lambeth Council’s scheme to close … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Matthew Bennett, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Norwood Society calls for protest against library closure

Anticipating a larger than usual turnout, Lambeth Council has switched Monday’s meeting to Dunraven School in Streatham, where it will discuss, and doubtless then rubber-stamp in its usual “co-operative” manner, its proposals to close half of the borough’s libraries – … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Education, History, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Norwood Society, Pat Ryan, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lambeth axes 50% of public libraries in ‘deeply cynical’ move

Lambeth Council has announced that it is to close five of the borough’s 10 public libraries as a consequence of the cuts in grants from central government. The Labour council’s proposals have been criticised as a “postcode lottery” for the … Continue reading

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Magical Garden Event, Streatham Common Rookery, Sep 12

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Reed supporter’s petition to halt election gets 15 signatories

As ballot papers for a raft of Labour elections arrive through letter boxes this week, Croydon North’s Progress MP Steve Reed OBE and a “co-operative” councillor who served under him during his time as leader of Lambeth Council have called … Continue reading

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17th annual Streatham Common Kite Day, June 21

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Is it jobs for the boys as Shawcross stands down at City Hall?

Amid all the fuss this time last week about the withdrawal from the Labour leadership contest of the only south London candidate, Chuka Umunna, the news of another leading figure from the same party standing down from the political fray … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, 2016 London elections, Andrew Pelling, Croydon North, Housing, Lambeth Council, London Assembly, Matthew Bennett, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Reed calls for proper funding for Upper Norwood Library

The chairman of the Upper Norwood Library Trust yesterday told how he wept when the doors to the library were closed for the first time as a result of funding cuts imposed by Croydon Council. Robert Gibson was speaking to … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Alisa Flemming, Carillion, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Community Association, John Laing Integrated Services, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Matthew Bennett, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Transition Town, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Library closure would be ‘disaster’ warns Society chairman

The chairman of the Norwood Society has sent an open letter to the Croydon councillors who represent Upper Norwood, and to the MP for Lambeth South, Steve Reed OBE, to appeal for help in raising more funds for Upper Norwood … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Pat Ryan, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

MP Reed ‘guaranteed’ library’s ‘future’ for just nine months

How long is the “future”? How reliable is a “guarantee”? We only ask because it is barely a year since Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Lambeth South, got together with Tony Newman, the leader of the Labour group on … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, John Wentworth, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Matthew Bennett, Pat Ryan, Tony Newman, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Library trust is ‘shellshocked’ at Lambeth’s 60% funding cut

The future of Upper Norwood Library has been thrown into doubt once again, this time after a Labour-run local authority announced its intention to reduce funding by 60 per cent in 2016. Upper Norwood’s library is unique due to its … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Community Association, Education, Lambeth Council, Libraries, Matthew Bennett, Steve Reed MP, Transition Town, Upper Norwood Library Trust | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon MP’s aide orders councillors to ignore residents

A Westminster aide to a Croydon MP, who has his wages paid by the tax-payer, has instructed his fellow councillors not to respond to local residents if they are contacted over concerns about evictions from housing co-operatives in Lambeth. Matthew … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, Housing, Lambeth Council, London-wide issues, Matthew Bennett, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Meeting to safeguard Upper Norwood Library, Oct 13

With local authorities, including Lambeth and Croydon councils, having to make further cuts in public spending – by as much as 25 per cent – here ROBERT GIBSON calls for more public help to keep Upper Norwood Library operating We … Continue reading

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Union group accuses MP Reed of ‘appalling nonsense’

Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Lambeth South, has lost the support of some of Croydon’s trades unionists, with one group promising to stand a candidate against the Bliarite “New Labour” advocate at next May’s General Election. The Trades Unionist … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon North, Lambeth Council, Matthew Bennett, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Nothing to see here’, police say over Gipsy Hill election case

The police has concluded its investigation into allegations of electoral fraud in Lambeth’s Gipsy Hill ward in May’s local elections, and says it will be taking no further action. The voters of Gipsy Hill elected three Labour councillors, including Matthew … Continue reading

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