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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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