Mon, 20/08/2012 - 08:25
Campaigners trying to create a community library in Kensal Rise have raised nearly half the money they need to put forward their proposals, with just under three weeks to go until the deadline.
The Friends of Kensal Rise Library need to raise £70,000 by 7th September, enough money for their first year’s operating costs,...
Wed, 30/05/2012 - 08:30
Brent Council has faced mounting criticism for its midnight raid to strip Kensal Rise Library of books and plaques, with the Royal Society of Literature the latest to condemn the act as “philistinism”.
A spokesperson for the RSL has called the removal of books from Kensal Rise Library by council workers...
Tue, 29/05/2012 - 08:30
A Kensal Rise campaigner has deemed “cowardly” a midnight raid by Brent Council to empty Kensal Rise library, which was closed last year, of its books.
The building was emptied between 2am and 3am this morning (29th May). It is understood that around 15 council workers, escorted by police officers, stripped the library of...
Wed, 21/09/2011 - 09:09
Brent council spent over £1.2m on consultants in March, the same month that it published its report recommending the closure of six libraries, aimed at saving £1m over two years.
Local library campaigner Samantha Warrington termed the spending "yet more evidence of shocking waste and incompetence" by the council...
Thu, 21/07/2011 - 09:18
Brent council's plan to close six of its 12 libraries was made "with great care and expressed attention to the 1964 Act" and other relevant legislation, the High Court heard yesterday (20th July).
The council had faced assertions on...
Fri, 08/07/2011 - 08:55
Author Philip Pullman has joined the fight to save the six Brent libraries threatened by closure, following Zadie Smith and Alan Bennett in taking part in a fund-raising event for the campaign.
On 20th July Pullman will speak at Queens Park Community School in Kensal Rise, and plans to discuss why writing and reading matter, and...
Fri, 20/05/2011 - 08:40
Shoddy consultations perfunctorily performed and disregard for equalities legislation or the requirements of the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act: such are the charges being made against councils planning library closures in a number of judicial review claims.
The claims, some of which are under way while others are being...
Tue, 10/05/2011 - 11:17
Alan Bennett is to hold a fundraiser to help fund the legal campaign against the Brent library closures.
Residents of Brent sent a legal letter to the council's legal director on Friday (6th May). It argues the council's move to set a budget in February based on the closure of six libraries was unlawful, as the consultation...
Mon, 04/04/2011 - 16:11
Brent Council has recommended closing six of its libraries, as protests continue against the cuts.
The report follows a three-month community consultation on Brent's "Libraries Transformation Project". It has been published ahead of the final meeting of the executive committee on 11th April, when it will decide on its...