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Expression of Interest for Asset Transfer

On 14th December 2015 the Carnegie Community Trust presented to Lambeth Council our Stage 1 Expression of Interest for asset transfer of the Carnegie Library to the Trust. The slides we presented are here.

In principle there is a viable financial plan, and work on the Business Plan for Stage 2 of the asset transfer process is our current focus.   The Stage 1 Expression of Interest and our plans for a Community Hub and Enterprise Library were well received and we move into the new year confident that there is a real opportunity to put in place a strong, community focused plan for the whole building, including a continuing library, working with the Council and, if relevant, Greenwich Leisure, as necessary.

The presentation slides have been added to our Project Documents page.

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Constitution of the Carnegie Community Trust CIO

In October 2015 Carnegie Community Trust was registered by the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).  This is the next stage of evolution of our project group which has been working since 2012, with the support of Lambeth Council, on plans to secure a long-term future for the Carnegie Library for use by the local community. 

Our new Constitution has been added to Project Documents.

Our founding Trustees are the former members of the project group.   We plan to appoint additional Trustees through an open recruitment process with the objective of ensuring that the necessary skills, expertise and diversity are represented in the final appointments.   Trustees will be recruited with the help of independent advice, and in accordance with best practice including the Charities Commission guidance.   We also plan to invite all members of the community and interested parties to become Associate Members with the aim of building a membership base supporting the aims of the Trust.   We will publish more information about how to apply to become a Trustee and how to join as an Associate Member as soon as possible.

The founding Trustees are:

Carol Boucher

Philip Isaac

Frances Lamb

Helen Schofield

Fred Taggart

More information about the Trustees is available here.

First Meeting of the Carnegie Shadow Trust Board

The first meeting of the Carnegie Shadow Trust Board will be held on Thursday 5th February from 18.00 to 19.45 at Carnegie Library.

The business of the meeting will cover co-option of members, a report on the Project to date, an update on the public consultation, a financial report, and discussion of future governance options.    Attendance as observers at meetings of the Shadow Board shall be open to representatives of local organisations, property interests and businesses, and also to local individuals provided that each observer has a commitment to the furtherance of the objectives stated in Shadow Trust Memorandum of Understanding.

Such persons attending may speak at the discretion of the Chair but will not have a vote.   This right of attendance shall not apply when items previously marked as confidential are to be discussed.   If you would like to attend the meeting, email:

Or telephone Fred Taggart (Hon. Secretary)  07796 612824

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Culture 2020 Cabinet Report – Update from Carnegie Community Trust CIO

  • Lambeth Council Cabinet re-affirms commitment to transfer the Carnegie building to a community trust

  • Carnegie Community Trust now registered with the Charity Commission

  • Expression of Interest in Asset Transfer submitted to Lambeth Council by the Carnegie Community Trust

We were surprised and disappointed by Lambeth Council’s new proposal to grant Greenwich Leisure a long lease of the Carnegie and to install a gym.  Whilst we appreciate the Council’s need to cut the costs of running the Carnegie, we do not believe that these plans reflect the outcome of the public consultation we ran or the broader interests and needs of the community.

Given the Council’s previous, public support of our work, we immediately sought clarification on the Council’s position.  We are pleased that they have re-affirmed and clarified their support by amending the Cabinet report to instruct Greenwich Leisure to work in partnership with the Carnegie Community Trust towards a transfer of ownership of the Carnegie to the community.  We are satisfied that it is the Council’s intention to transfer the Carnegie into local ownership, and look forward to their continued support for this.

The Trust remains concerned that Greenwich Leisure will occupy the building ahead of the community asset transfer, and urges the Council to agree terms of occupation that are appropriate in the current circumstances.  We are against the Council proposal to spend a significant amount of taxpayer money to make the building fit for purpose as a gym, and would like the Council to reconsider this as it plans the partnership with Greenwich Leisure. 

Carnegie Community Trust has been independently established by local residents to protect the future of the Carnegie Library as a community hub, incorporating an Enterprise Library.   The vision is of a building run by the community, for the community.   We are moving towards a model of ownership that will see the building owned by a charitable community trust and run by a board of local, volunteer Trustees.  

We will be recruiting for Trustees to represent the community, as well as volunteers to help run the wide range of activities that can now take place in the building.  We would be delighted to hear from residents who wish to be a part of this exciting project.

We are very grateful for the support that we have received from Community Matters, Carnegie UK Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund.   We look forward to working together with Lambeth Council, Greenwich Leisure and the Friends of Carnegie Library to secure the future of this precious community asset for everyone in Herne Hill.

Extract from Lambeth Cabinet Minutes for 12 October 2015:


That Councillor Jim Dickson’s amendment set out below be agreed:

  • That GLL will be instructed to work in partnership with local people and the shadow trust board to develop community hub and library;
  • That the final decision of mix of uses of the building will be taken in full consultation with the shadow trust board;
  • That the council will consider introducing an earlier break clause than the 7 years proposed in the report to be invoked when the trust board are ready for the Carnegie building to be transferred to the trust;
  • That any time required for the closure of the library for improvements / changes to the building will be kept to a minimum. ”

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