Camden campaigners to try for library judicial review

Camden campaigners to try for library judicial review

Camden library campaigners have become the latest group to apply for judicial review over library closures.

The Camden Public Library User Group has instructed solicitors Bindmans to lodge an application for judicial review, according to a report in the Camden New Journal. Bindmans is the law firm which acted for Brent Save Our Six Libraries, which last week lost its judicial review challenge against the library closures.

The Camden group's chairman Alan Templeton said the legal challenge was the final resort. He said: “We have run out of options—we have tried everything else. We have pleaded with the council to look again but they were in no mood to change their minds.”

A council spokesman said: “The council is required to find nearly £100million of savings following the reduction in funding from central government. While nearly £42.5m of back office savings have been identified, the level of cuts to our funding means that we have to look at reconfiguring the services we provide to our residents."

Meanwhile, protestors are now into their fifth day of demonstrating outside Kensal Rise Library, to prevent its being boarded up by Brent council. Phill Jupitus will be amongst the comedians performing in a fundraiser, Stand Up for Libraries, tonight.