Thanks to The Friends of the Tate South Lambeth, the Durning and other Vauxhall libraries and community groups such as The Vauxhall Society, Lambeth’s politicos and officials at last seem to have got the message that closing libraries is both a legal minefield and an election-loser.
Jo Cleary, who runs Lambeth’s Adults and Community Services, has now put together a useful guide on how you make yourself heard on the libraries issue between now and when consultation ends on Friday, April 20. From Ms Cleary’s officialspeak about ‘our journey to becoming a cooperative council’ being ‘about giving people the power to decide how things are run and who runs them’, could it be that on libraries, Lambeth would like to take a back seat, while of course continuing to collect the Council Tax?
GUIDE: How can I get involved?
1. You can complete a questionnaire
Read details of the proposals in the consultation information pack, and complete an online questionnaire from the council’s website www.lambeth.gov.uk/cooperativelibraries
Paper copies of the consultation documents are available in all Lambeth libraries. You can complete the questionnaire and return it to the library, or send it back to the Freepost address given below. We can also send you a copy in the post if you ask us to.
2. Come to a public meeting
We have organised a number of public meetings during February and March 2012. There is no need to book; you can simply turn up. If you have any particular communications or access requirements, please let us know in advance. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday 22 February 2012, 6 to 9pm
Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Road, Waterloo SE1 7AA
Thursday 1 March 2012, 6 to 9pm
Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, Brixton SW2 1RW
Thursday 8 March 2012, 6 to 9pm
Elmgreen School, Elm Court Road, Norwood, London, SE27 9BZ
Monday 12 March 2012, 2 to 4pm
English Martyrs Church in Streatham, 2 Mitcham Lane, Streatham SW16 6NN
Libraries Campaign: Further dates in libraries are being arranged. We will circulate information on them shortly and will also publicise in all Lambeth libraries.
3. Get further information about the consultation, or other ways to give Lambeth your comments:
Text: 07772 103 628
Phone: 0800 013 1497 or 020 7926 6397
Lambeth Adults’ and Community Services
10 Wandsworth Road
London SW8 2LL
Comments, please, by Friday 20 April 2012.