MINET HUB: Bulletin

13 Feb 2015 12:00 PM | Minet Hub (Administrator)
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MINET HUB: Bulletin
February 13th 2015

What is the Minet Hub? The Minet hub was set up originally to support a number of organisations around the park to include Longfield Hall Trust, The Remakery, MCA, Myatt’s Fields Park and importantly both the Minet Library and Archive.

We have made progress in a number of areas: We were given £40k by Lambeth to do a needs analysis; to do a feasibility study; and draw up plans for the Library and Longfield Hall; which would have led to putting in a letter of interest to the lottery fund to redevelop the the Library and to submit a business plan from 2015 - 2019.

But we received a blow to all this work with the launch of both: 
cultural services by 2020’ and ‘future of lambeth libraries and community buildings
on friday 30th January which proposes to:

Close the Minet Library

They plan to sell Minet and Waterloo sites to fund a £10million endowment pot and to turn the Durning, Carnegie, and Upper Norwood Libraries into community led models run by volunteers.

We cannot let this happen, there are few community building in this area.They plan to sell the site, we do not need anymore housing in the area. We must stop this happening and the Council is most likely to be swayed if we can come up with both plans for the buildings and crucially, funding.

Our first meeting of the Friends of Minet Library is on Monday 23rd February at 7pm. Venue: Minet Library

They also plan to cut funding of the park by 50% from 2016

This might mean only the minimum is done- the grass gets cut, we would have no permanent gardener, no park manager on site - no development worker. We were hoping to be one of the first park pioneers and would employ local people and streetscape to do the grounds maintenance. We are still hoping that this can be done in 2015 but have grave doubts about 2016 and with only a board of volunteers it will be very difficult without this support and funding.

everything in the park will be affected: 

  • the water play would be turned off, as we have no funds to check water quality
  • no one to manage the greenhouse, cafe and one o’clock club, without support they would go
  • if the Veolia contract goes, it might leave the park gates open 24/7

we have until 24th April to come up with recommendations and a basic outline business plan for both park and library.

we need your help - 6 simple actions you can do NOW!

  1. become a member of Friends of Minet Library by joining the Minet Hub for free: http://minet.org.uk/hub/membership
  2. follow Friends of Minet Library on twitter @MinetLibrary
  3. express your views by commenting in our online forums, blog posts and news items: http://www.minet.org.uk/library or email library@minet.org.uk
  4. please get in touch if you want to help with the park: info@myattsfields park.com
  5. check out Lambeth documents at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/cultural-services-by-2020 
  6. add your name to the Lambeth libraries petition @ http://www.change.org/p/london-borough-of-lambeth-save-lambeth-libraries

and email or tweet your ward councillors:

Jacqui Dyer email: jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk twitter: @jaykey2u
Paul Gadsby email: pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk twitter: @Paul_Gadsby
Annie Gallop email: agallop@lambeth.gov.uk twitter: @AnnieGallop
Cultural services Cabinet Member: Jane Edbrooke on jedbrooke@lambeth.gov.uk or twitter @janeedbrooke

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