There’s No Pleasing Some People…

Friends of Marcus Garvey Library
have raised concerns over the fact that it is going to be refurbished because this also means it is going to be made smaller.

But the group were left angry after Haringey Council offered to call a meeting about their concerns – because they were given three day notice.

The meeting was due to be held on Monday, October 12 at 5pm and they were informed about it on the Friday before.

*baffled face* What’s wrong with that?

Chairman of the group, Jasmin Taylor, said: “One can only assume that their decision to give us the weekend to try to negotiate time off work, arrange alternative childcare for our children and to generally rearrange our commitments is yet a further example of the total disregard that the council holds of the community that it is paid and elected to serve.

“Monday at 5 o’clock is convenient for them, and we the people of Tottenham having such meaningless lives are expected to drop everything and spurred by the honour of the mere fact that they acknowledge our existence, scurry to attend a meeting held at and for their convenience.

“We also take exception to the patronising concept that we need them to enlighten us about the potential of our library. If we did not believe in the potential of our library we would not have mounted this campaign to stop them degrading it.”


I suspect, given it’s Haringey, they were just assuming none of you had a job. It’s a pretty fair assumption to make, to be sure…

She added: “If we attend the meeting would we have the power to change anything? For example would they stop the installation of a Customer Service Centre into the heart of our library? “

Why would you want to..?

A Haringey Council spokesperson said: “We are pleased that work has started to refurbish and make customer service facilities available at Marcus Garvey Library and we look forward to celebrating the new look library with library users when it re-opens.

“The £3million refurbishment will see the library enhanced with new books and more and better computers and study desks, as well as accessible customer service facilities alongside the full range of existing library services, in an area which is quickly becoming the civic heart of Tottenham.“

More money and better services. Seems like a win/win. So what are you really whinging about?

4 comments for “There’s No Pleasing Some People…

  1. Old Geezer
    October 28, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Has it not occurred to the people of Haringey that they can change the actions of the council at the next council election. The problem is that many of the people complaining will not bother to vote, or will just go on voting for the candidates who have agreed this in the first place. They do not seam to understand that if you do not like what the council is doing, you vote for someone else

    • Errol
      October 29, 2015 at 12:08 am

      Respectfully, I disagree. Councils, politicians, civil servants of any sort are paid to do what *we* tell them to do. They are our employees, nothing more.

      While the meeting is inconvinient for the population, they should be able to say ‘it will be held at 10am and any changes to the library suspended until we have approved them.’ In fact, being blunt, the council should have asked what the people wanted and acted upon the majority, with significant consultation; not acting until the public had confirmed anything.

      These people are nothing more than staff. They are overpaid shoe shine boys. If I walk into the council office and ask to see the CEO I expect to be able to, or else I sack him and anyone else I choose to.

      These actions of impenetrable, untouchable government that has forgotten it is utterly beholden to the public will is an abomination. It is long past time they were reminded who they serve and to grovel on their knees at our whim.

  2. john in cheshire
    October 28, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    JuliaM, as you say, there’s no pleasing some people. They’re probably having a whinge because firstly the changes are for the better and secondly because the whingers can’t say that they achieved them through violent protests.

  3. October 29, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Wasn’t sure about this one until reading Old Geezer.

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