As invited by Lambeth Council, Carnegie Community Trust on Friday 28th October submitted our Business Plan for Asset Transfer of the Carnegie Building to community ownership. 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 local consultation, which we are now seeking to put into action. Information on the Preferred Option is on our website in Project Documents: link
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 will conduct an independent evaluation of the plan which will then go to a Panel chaired by the relevant Lambeth Cabinet Member. 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 has 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 of ideas, we do wonder why it has been necessary for the Friends of Carnegie Library and the recently formed CLA to express such fierce opposition to 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