The security guards have now been instructed by the council to prevent anyone entering or re-entering the building. Around 80 people including 10 small children are inside the library. If they leave, they cannot return. They are effectively under siege. The occupiers have also had to insist that the council do not lock the fire exit.
“This behaviour is shameful. Surely not all Labour councillors condone these actions”
“There is a need for a full investigation of Lambeth’s financial competence and also of its strange arrangements with Greenwich Leisure Limited.”
We, the people of Lambeth occupying the Carnegie Library, call on Lambeth Council:
1. To listen to the people they represent
2. To keep all Lambeth libraries fully open with professional library staff; the scrap their plans for closures and healthy living centres, and reverse their decision
3. To re-open the Carnegie and Minet Libraries with immediate effect, with all library staff, to continue to provide a full library service
4. To adopt the community/staff mutual plan which will keep all ten libraries fully operational as part of a full library service for the borough. This offers a creative, innovative solution in the face of cuts
5. To collaborate with all the Friends groups as set out in Lambeth policy
6. Not to transfer the Carnegie Library building, which was given for a library for the benefit of the community, to the ‘Carnegie Community Trust’ which does not represent the community.
188 Herne Hill Rd, London SE24 0AG
Bus P4 from Brixton stops outside, 68 and 468 from Herne Hill or West Norwood