March 2nd, 2015
Actually there are many more than just 10 things wrong with Lambeth Council's proposals to close 2 libraries and cease funding another 3 (including the Carnegie) http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/culture2020-consultation/. The following are just some of the more obvious issues:
1. The aims talk about "affordable" facilities for well-being and culture - perhaps they mean "affordable" in the sense of "affordable housing" - at 80% of the market cost, this is hardly affordable by the people who have the greatest need. Whatever happened to free public services and libraries? Free public libraries have been recognised as a great social benefit for 150 years.
2. They will create a £10m endowment fund from the sales of the Minet and Waterloo libraries, to "promote literacy and the love of reading". This fund is supposed to replace the library budget for the 3 libraries (including the Carnegie) whose council funding will be stopped in 2016. But nowhere is it stated that the fund will actually be ringfenced for these libraries. Instead it will "support charities, social enterprises and community groups in Lambeth".
Over 15 years to save to buy a first home in Lambeth and Southwark; We have to solve London’s housing crisis – Tessa Jowell
New House of Commons Library analysis commissioned by Tessa Jowell today reveals the true impact of London’s Housing Crisis on first-time buyers in Lambeth and Southwark.
Fresh research reveals that the average first time buyer in Lambeth and Southwark would have to wait over 15 years until they could save a typical 10% deposit without parental help with average house prices at £350,000 in both boroughs.
The figures are based on average earnings, which are £33,000 for an individual working full time.
This is far higher than other areas. In Barking and Dagenham, for instance, the average time it would take a first time buyer on average earnings to save for a deposit is only just over 9 years.
Tessa Jowell, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood said:
“This is the hard truth about how London’s housing crisis denies the dream of owning your own home to young people in places like Lambeth and Southwark.
Having attended a printmaking course at Morley College, Judith Robertson has found her niche in lino printing, and now works from her studio in her home. See Judith's exhibition at Carnegie Library from 4th-28th March. Works include local scenes such as Peckham Rye, Goose Green, Dulwich Woods etc as well as countryside scenes and the River Thames. See http://dulwichprints.co.uk for details.
Judith will also be offering short courses in East Dulwich after Easter. Please email Judith for more information.
Extraordinary Bodies is the UK's only professional integrated circus company. They made a show for the opening of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition and will present their new show Weighting in Dulwich Park in May.
They are looking to support, develop and coach two people in Southwark so that their leadership potential is realised. For more information, please see below or contact Nick White at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07875 714995 by Monday 9 March.
Shelley Silas, who writes for theatre, radio and television, and has also written a number of short stories, will be writing at the Lido, every Monday from 2.30-4.30 in the cafe (or terrace!). It gives her space away from home in an environment where she often visits - be it the cafe and gym/pool.
She is happy for people to come talk about anything - writing or life, her work, your work, the weather, swimming. She's open to suggestions!
Shelley hopes that this will take off and other local artistes can be in residence. But let's see how this goes first.
St Faith's Church series talk: How to avoid the next financial crisis: When is the next financial meltdown?
John Professor Geoffrey Wood, Professor of Economics at Cass Business School, London, former adviser to th Bank of England and current adviser to the Treasury Select Committee of the House of Commons on
25 February at 8pm
at St Faith's Church, Red Post Hill, SE24 9JQ
Everyone is welcome. They ask for a donation of £2 per perso to meet the costs of warming the building.
Your Lido Needs You!
Brockwell Swimmers have been invited to make up a team for the annual Tooting Bec Lido Invitation Gala 2015 happening Sunday 8th March at 10am.
Having proved ourselves competent swimmers at our very own Gala earlier this month [the future of which has been put into question by managers of the centre] surely this is a challenge we cannot refuse?!
The event is free to enter and will start prompt at 10am moving briskly though the races to finish at around 11:30am, so no hanging around getting cold. We will need to find around twelve swimmers to enter all the races so please ask any friends you know with a Brockwell connection.
Last time we actually won some medals! so hoping for a repeat performance.There will also be their lovely sauna to relax and warm up in, and of course plenty of cake.
If you are interested in swimming please contact email@example.com or call Tim Sutton on 07803 206 204.
Go Team Brockwell!