Legal action over Brent library closures

Brent council, which recently confirmed a decision to close six of its 12 libraries, has become the latest to face a legal challenge from residents.

Law firm Bindmans sent a letter before action detailing a proposed claim for judicial review to the council's legal director on Friday (6th May). The claim argues that the council's decision to set a budget in February premised on the closure of the six libraries, when the consultation period on those closures did not end until 4th March, was unlawful.

The claim also argues that the council has failed to follow the requirements of the Equality Act in its closure plans.

The legal action in Brent follows similar action in Gloucestershire and Somerset, in  Lewisham and in the Isle of Wight. Brent's closure programme has been a focus of media attention following high-profile support for Kensal Rise library from author Zadie Smith.