I am absolutely shocked that this should be announced through SE1! The Council are currently publically stating that they are looking at an 'alternative' to their own proposals that would save all 10 Lambeth libraries including Waterloo. At the same time they are tendering an 'exciting' opportunity to occupy a closed Library for 2 years. I suspect it won't just be 'pop Brixton' opportunists who will be 'occupying' the Library should the Council try to close it.
If you want to join thousands of us who want to save the Library join the Demonstration on 5th March, 10.30am (meet Brixton Library) - if you want to help defend the library with any means necessary contact the campaign at http://defendthe10-lambeth.org.uk/
According to the SE1 report the site isn't being redeveloped for 2 years, so I'm puzzled why Lambeth Council are presenting the Waterloo Library as 'meanwhile' opportunity during that time, rather than keeping the library open!
Plans? What plans?
Despite repeated requests, the council has never told us just what their four 'neighbourhood libraries' will offer to replace the well-used proper libraries they are closing.
Staff every day? For how long? Five minutes? Who will be there when there are no library staff? If you've ever put your nose inside a library you see the staff desk is constantly busy with people needing help. And, of course, staff must be on hand at all times - or unaccompanied children cannot be let in at all.
How many books? How many study spaces? What activities will be laid on?
Is it a good idea to replace a library right in the heart of Waterloo with one a distance away?
Above all - why did the council 'work hard' to ignore a viable plan from the head of libraries to keep all our 10 proper libraries, AND make all the savings demanded.
Why did they adopt instead a plan that has saved nothing at all, and is months behind schedule all over the borough??