The announcement by the Council on Friday 21st July 2017 that the Carnegie Community Trust had been selected as the ‘Preferred Community Partner’ to bid for the Asset Transfer of the Carnegie Library building was not handled well by Lambeth Council.
Cllr Dickson has apologised to some residents, who met on Thursday evening to discuss the proposed building works to the Carnegie, for the fact that neither of the two bidders – ourselves and the Carnegie Library Association – received their official letters by email on Friday until after leaflets had been delivered through letterboxes in Herne Hill announcing the decision early on Friday morning.
CCT had been informally and confidentially notified in advance of the decision and respected the Council’s request not to disclose this information until both bidding organisations had received their formal letters simultaneously from the Council. We understood that these letters would be received on Friday 21st July ahead of a leaflet distribution planned for Saturday 22nd July.
This sequence of events is really unfortunate and we hope that future communications about the Carnegie will be better co-ordinated by the Council.
CCT will make every effort to communicate regularly and openly as plans for the Carnegie progress.
Carnegie Community Trust CIO