Campaigners are expected to gather in numbers tomorrow as the application to turn Carnegie Library into a private gym with bookshelves goes in front of Lambeth’s Planning Application Committee.
The meeting will be taking place in Bolney Meadow Community Centre, 31 Bolney Street, SW8 1EZ at 7pm on Tuesday, with protesters demanding that “this crazy and destructive plan” be stopped now, adding, “We need our library back – not a gym.”
Campaigners, friends of the library and residents will continue their attempts to save Carnegie Library, this time urging the planning application committee to refuse planning permission to GLL, the council’s leisure centre provider, to transform the once thriving and much loved library into a pay-to-use gym.
Lambeth council is planning to spend £4 million on turning the two libraries they closed in April last year – Carnegie and Minet – into unwanted and unneeded gyms, and has recommended that planning
permission for Carnegie library is granted.
Opposition from local residents and library users continues unabated with more than 300 objections submitted to the plans.
This is a scandalously expensive project with leisure contractor GLL which will give the go ahead to destroy our much loved and used public library and it’s garden and trees. Instead of a free public service we will get a pay-to-use gym and an unstaffed book collection.
There is huge opposition from library users and the local community, which included our 10 day occupation when the council closed Carnegie and Minet libraries, but the council isn’t listening.
This is despite the fact that this destructive plan will actually entail spending £millions and that there is an alternative! Carnegie Library users and locals have submitted objections to the application, now we need to make our voices heard again. We have to protect our libraries.
The planning meeting is Bolney Meadow Community Centre
31 Bolney Street, London
Time: 7pm, Tuesday 7th February 2017
More info and background:
Defend The 10 website
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