National Libraries Day - party at FBL, Saturday 9 February
Press release from Friern Barnet Community Library:
Party in the library!
Saturday 9th February 2013 from 2pm
Join our party celebrating National Libraries Day and the re-opening of Friern Barnet Community Library - The People's Library. It was closed by Barnet Council on 5th April despite a huge campaign. On 5th September
it was occupied and liberated by Occupy London activists and 5 months
later the Council granted a license to trustees of Friern Barnet
Community Library Ltd and was marked by the keys being handed over from
Occupy to the community on 5th February 2013. We are currently negotiating the terms of the lease and are continuing to fight for a paid Council librarian.
along for party nibbles, children's activities, board games and a
library-themed quiz kicking off at 2pm. And make sure you leave a
message on our video message board too!
"This model has a sound theoretical basis... [sic] However it is unproven at this scale." Future Shape cabinet report, 3 December 2008
"Nobody has said this is going to be easy, it's a work in progress, some of it will never see the light of day." Barnet council leader Mike Freer, 16 November 2009
"I do not believe Soviet bureaucratic initiatives like One Public Sector, Labour’s Total Place (and Barnet’s Future Shape / Easy Council) ideas are... the way forward."Barnet councillor Mark Shooter, 4 September 2010
“There are... many examples of long-term partnerships where the commitment and enthusiasm of the provider has waned over the duration of the contract. Major... organisations will generally resource extensively during the first year, or two, of a new contract but this level of resourcing diminishes as the contract moves to a more stable business as usual position.”One Barnet Procurement Principles, 1 March 2011
"...there can be little confidence that Barnet has the capability, and perhaps more worryingly the culture, necessary to meet the challenge posed by the letting and management of contracts that, under the One Barnet plan, will be far bigger than anything the Council has previously dealt with." 'London Borough of Barnet: Procurement and Contract Management', Association for Public Service Excellence, March 2012
Click on the pic for a small sample of the reasons Brian Coleman was sacked on 3 May as London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden
People of the year 2010: John Burgess and Maggi Myland
Almost a couple, because they spend so much time together! Two of Barnet council Unison branch's most dedicated servants (along with Helen Davies but she's probably well enough known!). These people have personal lives as well, and give up a lot to take on the lazy might of Barnet council under the Tories. The picture is of Maggi working the crowd at Barnet Christmas fair.
Man of the year 2009: David Young
Implacable opponent of Barnet council's plan to axe the sheltered housing wardens