"such an irresponsible and damaging way"over Upper Norwood Joint Library (UNJL).
Cllr Mansell's thoughts were recorded in the eXtra section of the Croydon Guardian, which is no longer available, but if we can secure a copy we will be happy to update this post.
This week's letter can be found on page 14 here. We reproduce the letter below.
|Cllr Arram's letter in this week's Croydon Guardian|
"Because Lambeth Councillors failed to meet its responsibilities and duties by taking up their places on the UNJLA (Upper Norwood Joint Library Authority) committee, thus making it unable to operate, it does not mean Croydon Council will act in such an irresponsible way."We hope the reader gets the gist of what Cllr Arram is attempting to say but we seriously question the validity of his point, as we will go on to explain.
At the public meeting held in November 2011 many of the Croydon Labour and Lambeth Labour councillors were present, including Cllr Florence Nosegbe, who had another engagement but knew the importance of attending. The hall was packed out, with standing room only.
And where was Cllr Sara Bashford, Cllr Nosegbe's counterpart from Croydon? Nowhere to be seen, nor was any other Croydon Conservative councillor. It became clear that this was not the first time. Cllr Nosegbe explained how, having set a meeting date with Croydon to try to resolve the stalemate over UNJL, the meeting was cancelled at very short notice and therefore no meeting had yet taken place.
It was agreed that further attempts should be made to try to get Croydon to co-operate, some might even say to act in a responsible manner, and agree to a meeting together to sit around the table and plan the way forward.
The background to the current UNJL saga can be found here, including the three options Croydon have put to Lambeth.
- Buy Croydon’s half share of all UNJL assets and accept responsibility for the UNJL.
- Take a lease of Croydon's half share in the premises and become solely responsible for the UNJL.
- Agree that the library will be sold with the proceeds, after settlement of all costs, equally divided between the two boroughs.
So when Cllr Arram speaks of acting in "such an irresponsible and damaging way" perhaps he should take a look at his own Council's track record and actions. Croydon's refusal to meet and the only options given to Lambeth which absolve Croydon of any responsibility for this library, used by its residents, seems far from responsible or constructive.