Government to investigate Lambeth’s plans for libraries


The Department for Culture Media and Support (DCMS) is to investigate Lambeth’s plan to change some libraries in the borough into ‘healthy living centres.’ The centres would be run by  Greenwich Leisure Limited – a social enterprise which currently runs some of Lambeth’s leisure services. Under the Public Libraries & Museums Act (1964) local authorities are […]

KOV Forum Public Meeting Thursday 14 April Parks, Libraries, Neighbourhood Plan

KOV Forum Meeting April 2016

Kennington Oval Vauxhall (KOV) Forum hole a number of public meetings each year.  On Thursday 14th April 6:15pm for 6:30pm start at Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Street Occupation of the Carnegie Library by protestors including children has kept libraries in the  news but the meeting will discuss the wider context of cuts.  The main items […]

Saturday March 5: Hundreds in Brixton to Rally to Save Libraries

Lambeth announced their decision on the much criticised Tate South Lambeth versus Durning Library.  Both stay as libraries albeit possibly on reduced hours .  “The library service in Waterloo will be moved from its current location to the nearby Oasis Centre.” “The council will also continue to fund Upper Norwood Joint Library jointly with Croydon […]

“Call off the fight” – Ten Libraries of Lambeth: 1906 to ?


Friends of Library groups have written to Councillor Lib Peck  offering to “call off the fight, get round the table together and make sure that Susanna Barnes’ [Lambeth’s Head of Library Services] proposals for our 10 libraries become reality.” (See later in this article for the full text of letter) At the time of writing […]

Art historian urges Lambeth to find development partner and unlock potential of purpose-built Records Office/Archives Centre/ Gallery/Museum

Lambeth could make money by making more of its history, says the distinguished curator and art historian David Coke. In a letter to The Vauxhall Society, Coke says that Lambeth‘s archives are ‘second to none’ but are an asset councillors ignore, treating this treasure-house as ‘a cost and liability’. Coke urges Lambeth to get together […]

Vauxhall Society rejects Lambeth’s ‘Consultation’ on future of Durning and TSL Libraries

Lambeth residents have been subjected to some 39 consultations in 2015 – more than triple the number in 2013.  The Vauxhall Society management Board has become increasingly concerned about a number of these consultations and wishes to place on record its rejection of Lambeth’s current ‘Consultation’ on the future of Durning and TSL Libraries. A […]

Lambeth Libraries: No choice but to SHOUT!

Democracy Lambeth-style had another outing at the Cabinet meeting on Monday December 7. Library campaigners were baffled to learn that they could not speak at all – not even a rapid three-minute gabble, which is the best they normally get. It wasn’t that kind of meeting, said council leader Lib Peck: “I am not just being bloody minded in […]

More criticism of Lambeth consultations – Durning TSL Libraries

Tate South Lambeth Library 1

The official Durning and Tate South Lambeth (TSL) Library consultation closes on 21 December 2015.  Before completing that you may care to read the open letter from Christina Burnett of Vauxhall CIC – a community interest company that works closely with TSL Library OPEN LETTER TO Cllr EDBROOKE RE DURNINGTSL Lambeth residents have been subjected […]

Tate South Lambeth Library emergency

Tate South Lambeth Library exterior

Our friends at Friends of Tate South Lambeth have sent out the following email to their members and ask us to do the same to members of The Vauxhall Society. We reproduce it below (and added in some of their pictures showing how popular the library is). You can pop in to the library (180 […]

Could a School of Mosaic set Vauxhall a–glitter?

southbank mosaic's interpretation of william blake's daughters of albion

Wanted, one Vauxhall developer with a property that needs house-sitting for a couple of years or so. That’s all it might take to make the Vauxhall riverside the HQ for the march of the mosaics, topping off the area’s mass of vibrant outdoor mosaics with a dedicated School of Mosaic. It would be a registered […]