Despite Lambeth’s efforts to close the popular Carnegie Library in Herne Hill yesterday, campaigners are continuing their peaceful occupation of the building.
Library supporters say that many donations of food have been received, along with messages of support locally, across the country and beyond, adding, “We’ve been pleased with press coverage, which seems to have understood how unpopular, unworkable, and let’s just say plain bonkers is the idea of turning libraries into gyms- at huge expense.”
There will be a gathering at the library at 6pm today.
Laura Swaffield, Chair of Friends of Lambeth Libraries said:
We’ve had tremendous support from the community but nothing from Lambeth Council addressing the issues we raised. All they are interested in is getting us out.”
We, on the other hand, are enjoying our library as the community resource we should be. People have been reading, debating, studying and enjoying the garden. We still hope that Lambeth Council will negotiate with us and stop this disastrous plan.
With Lambeth Council reportedly applying for a court order, the campaigners have responded saying that they are, “very disappointed that this is the kind of resolution a cash-strapped Labour council seeks against this community action.”
188 Herne Hill Road
London, SE24 0AG
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