Libraries war of words continues

Written by on June 1, 2016 in Council, Libraries, News - 2 Comments
Library protesters outside a council meeting earlier this year

Library protesters outside a council meeting earlier this year

Lambeth library campaigners have written once again to Lambeth council responding to accusations from council leader Lib Peck that some of their figures were wrong.

In a letter to Peck, Friends of Lambeth Libraries chair Laura Swaffield appeals for a meeting to discuss the issues, saying that exchanging letters is not a good substitute.

She said that there was “no sign – even now – of even a basic business plan” for four of Lambeth’s ten libraries,  which face closure or conversion to “heathy living centres”.

“Set against this, all you can do is seize on a mistake I made quoting one figure. That looks a bit desperate.

“You, by contrast, seem to have no figures at all.”

Swaffield says that her latest letter is “mind-numbingly long” because “there is a lot of misinformation to cover”.

You can read it here [PDF download].

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. He works out of an office in St Matthews and before that the Bon Marché. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

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