CCT objects to GLL planning applications

Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) have lodged with Lambeth Planning two applications on Carnegie Library  – one for full Planning consent, the other for Listed Building consent. CCT has sent in a Letter of Objection which you can read here:  link

The Letter has been added to our Project Documents page.

In addition we have submitted online a shorter version of the Letter which should appear on Lambeth’s Planning website.  You can see GLL’s application, including plans, and the online Public Comments, if you search for ‘Carnegie’ on the Council’s search page (warning – the page is often out of action, you may need to keep trying): https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications/search-planning-applications

The Council has posted the statutory Notice of Planning application on the front gate at Carnegie.  The notice is dated 21 November 2016 and the comment period is  21 days.
You may comment either online, by post, or by email to planning@lambeth.gov.uk
Here is the official summary of the application; if you send a comment you should quote either the ‘FUL’ reference or the ‘LB’ one:
’16/06270/FUL | Retention of the existing library together with the erection of a two storey extension to the south west elevation. Change of use and part excavation of the basement from a library (Use Class D1) to a gym and studio (Use Class D2) and the construction of an external plant compound provided at basement level. (Town Planning and Listed Building Consent 16/06271/LB) | Carnegie Library Herne Hill Road London SE24 0AG’

We understand the planning application is expected to go before the Planning Committee in January, 2017.

Carnegie Community Trust CIO

CCT Business Plan for Asset Transfer

As invited by Lambeth Council, the Carnegie Community Trust submitted our Business Plan for Asset Transfer of the Carnegie Building to community ownership on Friday 28th October.

The Business Plan – “The Next Chapter” – is a strong, exciting and challenging plan based on the Preferred Option, worked up over the past two years in accordance with our local Consultation, which we are now seeking to put into action. Information on the Preferred Option is on our website at http://carnegiehernehill.org.uk/project-documents/

If we are invited by Lambeth to proceed with the application, the next step will be to create a CCT Membership Scheme both to further widen support for the project and to help deliver it.

Lambeth are conducting an independent evaluation of the plan which will then go to a Panel chaired by the relevant Lambeth Cabinet Member and this Panel will identify, based on the plans submitted, which, if either, of the two organisations submitting Business Plans will be the “Preferred Bidder”.

The Carnegie Library Association have also submitted a Business Plan and we are interested to note that their plans and proposals are now similar to ours in a number of respects. As reported in our September post, we made approaches to the Friends for a united Community bid. However those were to no avail. So whilst we are pleased about the new concurrence, we do wonder why it has been necessary for the Friends of Carnegie and the recently formed CLA to express such fierce opposition to the CCT’s plans for the past two years.  Those actions significantly held up progress on Asset Transfer and allowed for the unwelcome emergence of the Council’s ‘gym-library’ proposal.

CCT is currently liaising with The Friends and others concerned to find suitable alternative accommodation for the groups displaced on closure of the Library.  We will also continue to develop our heritage proposals for the future of the Carnegie building whilst we await the Council’s decision.

Carnegie Community Trust CIO

GLL plans for Carnegie – exhibition THIS WEEK

On Friday (7th October) the Council announced an exhibition this week of GLL plans for Carnegie, again at  St Saviour’s Church, Herne Hill Road (next to St Saviour’s School).
Here is the text from the Council’s website :

“Carnegie library was temporarily closed at the end of March, to be refurbished and reopened as a community hub, with a new neighbourhood library, a gym in the basement and community space.

Come and see plans for the building:

  • Wednesday 12 October from 9am to 1pm                     (tomorrow)
  • Thursday 13 October from 12pm to 6pm

Your chance to:

  • See the proposed plans for the building
  • Speak to representatives from GLL regarding the designs and the proposed gym space
  • Speak to local councillors about the future of the library and community space
  • Give feedback on the plans.”

Link to Lambeth’s flyer

PLEASE TRY TO SEE THE LATEST PLANS AND MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN
This is the ‘pre-planning’ stage.

Local meetings this week on the future of the Carnegie

We, the Trustees of Carnegie Community Trust, welcome the Friends’ arranging of two public meetings this week and we will attend the meeting on Saturday 24th September to share our thinking about a possible way forward. Councillor Jim Dickson has advised that Lambeth will likely meet the cost of independent community mediation if this should be considered helpful in moving forward.  We cannot be at Thursday’s meeting because we will be meeting with the Council.

CCT is developing a Business Plan for the Carnegie building as a whole, to include a library and a range of employment-related and cultural resources and activities. Our Business Plan will be submitted on 28th October.

We remain very concerned that there are two applications for Asset Transfer and thus two Business Cases. We know that the Council wishes to see one plan. Over the summer we have had discussions with concerned local residents to try to find a single way forward, working together. There is clearly strong demand for a united local position, in the absence of which Carnegie is at serious risk of being lost as a community asset. On 9th September we wrote to the Chair of the Friends to that effect.  You can read our letter here – link

Earlier in the summer we wrote to the Leader of the Council seeking views on certain problem issues that arise from their current proposal for Carnegie, and the challenges those issues pose for any organisation taking a transfer of the building. Although we received a reply it did not deal with the points we raised. If you are planning to attend one of the public meetings, you may find it helpful to look at our letter dated 19th June – link

Both letters are on our website in Project Documents.
We welcome all comments and suggestions.  Please contact any of the Trustees individually, or email getinvolved@carnegiehernehill.org.uk

CCT response to the Lambeth/GLL pre-planning exhibition

Trustees of Carnegie Community Trust (CCT) visited the recent exhibition on several occasions over the two day opening period, and engaged in conversation with local residents, Lambeth councillors, Lambeth officers and GLL staff.  We have submitted a written response to the exhibition, which you can read here.
We strongly urge that GLL’s plans are revisited as a matter of urgency before any further step is taken in the planning process.  Our conclusion is that, as they stand, we would not be able to support these plans at the formal planning consultation stage.

Carnegie Community Trust CIO

New Trustees Required – closing date 31st July 2016

Carnegie Community Trust (CCT) is looking for new trustees.  Could you help this local charity work to achieve a Community Asset Transfer of Carnegie Library into community ownership, to regenerate and safeguard our landmark civic building, and reopen it under community management?

Community Asset Transfer is a process by which a local authority can transfer ownership of a building, usually via a lease, to a legally constituted organisation with appropriate charitable or social objectives, working for the benefit of the community.  CCT has made a formal application for Community Asset Transfer of the Carnegie building and we will be submitting our Business Case in September to enable the Council to make a final decision.

The vision remains the same as in 2011, namely in a modern context to combine lifelong learning with both enterprise and social activities in a flourishing Community Hub for everyone in Herne Hill.  CCT is now moving forward from the start-up stage of testing project viability towards the challenge of running a large multi-purpose community building.  Trustees are now needed who can help take Carnegie to this next stage. Continue reading New Trustees Required – closing date 31st July 2016

Newsletter Summer 2016

Our latest newsletter can be found here. This sets out the Trust’s current position in light of the imminent Council exhibition on its plans for the Carnegie. (see here)

Volunteers needed
This newsletter will be widely distributed in Herne Hill over the next few weeks. If you can help

with this please contact getinvolved@carnegiehernehill.org.uk giving details of where you would like to distribute and we will be in touch. Thank You.

Fred Taggart awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Carnegie Community Trust is delighted that founding trustee Fred Taggart has been appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Congratulations to Fred, whose award is in recognition of his services to regeneration and charity.

Chair of the Trustees, Carol Boucher, said:  ‘We are thrilled that Fred has been honoured in this way.  Fred richly deserves this award for the work he has done over many years, both for us and for many other charitable organisations.’

Fred has been involved in charity and regeneration work for over 30 years.

Locally, he has for 30 years been a trustee of the Brixton Advice Centre, 25 as Honorary Secretary, and has put together the funding to acquire and refurbish the Centre’s present offices.  The Centre has grown from 2 employees to its present 13, including solicitors, barristers and specialist advisors, and serves more than 5,000 clients each year.  The Centre is a vital part of Herne Hill and Brixton life.  Fred has also been for 15 years a Board member of South London Family Housing Association, including 3 as Chair.  He served as Chair of the Governing Body of Dick Sheppard Comprehensive School in Tulse Hill; and Chair of Governors of Willowfield School for Children with Special Needs, and Vice Chair of Governors of Jessop Junior School in Herne Hill.  He has also been a trustee of community-led heritage regeneration projects in Cornwall and Derbyshire, and an advisor to many community projects across the UK.

Further afield, Fred is also a founding trustee of The Piece Hall Trust, Halifax, which is currently implementing a

£20 million regeneration project to bring this Grade 1 Georgian Yorkshire Cloth Hall back into new uses as a catalyst for regeneration in the town.

He is also a founding trustee of the Crossway Foundation, a charity concerned with contemporary Middle East art that promotes educational and artistic exchanges between the UK and the Middle East.
FRED MBE pic Fred Taggart, MBE

Fred said of his award: ‘Lambeth has a terrific community sector and I am so proud to be part of it.  It is in many ways the glue that holds our borough together.  This award came out of the blue and I am delighted.  I hope it will make everyone in the community and charitable sectors in places like Lambeth realise that our work is important and encourage us all to keep on doing it.’

A Rebuttal

For many months Carnegie Community Trust, and individual Trustees, have been subject to a very unpleasant campaign of false allegations and deliberate misunderstanding by the committee of the Friends of Carnegie Library, at times personal, and always undermining our hard work over four years. We do not believe that most Friends, if asked, would condone this behaviour. However they are not asked, and the lies and distortions continue in the Friends’ latest (May) Bulletin. Our Rebuttal of the lies and misinformation can be found here.

More positively, we believe there are now grounds for optimism about the future for Carnegie as a community building. The Council has

announced there will be an exhibition of plans shortly, look out for the date. We will post it as soon as we know. And we will shortly issue a Newsletter, look out for that too.