Judgment today for Brent libraries

The court of appeal's judgment on Brent library closures will be given this afternoon (19th December) at the High Court in the Strand, London.

Brent residents are appealing against the judicial review judgment given in October, which saw Mr Justice Ouseley find in favour of Brent council over its plans to close six of the borough's libraries. At the appeal hearing last month, lawyers for the residents claimed that the council had fallen foul of the Equality Act by failing to appreciate the likely impact of its plans on the local Asian community, and had been unfair to community groups who put forward proposals to save the six threatened libraries. Lawyers representing Brent council refuted the claims.

Today's judgment will come after a long-running battle to save the libraries, and a fundraising campaign supported by authors including Alan Bennett and Jacqueline Wilson.

Last month a High Court judicial review ruled that proposed library closures in Somerset and Gloucestershire were unlawful, quashing the closures and forcing the councils to reopen the services.