Philip Bromberg of Preston Community Library (PCL) has written to Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, following Tuesday's Cabinet Meeting:
I said I would put in writing the point that I failed to make at last night's (Tuesday) meeting. Your announcement of a new Community Libraries Strategy is very welcome. So, given your emphasis (both last night and in private conversation) on the importance of collaborative working, can we - PCL and the other three library groups - expect to be involved in discussions about this as early as possible?I do not, of course, know how much, if any, work has already been done on this, and three months is quite a short time to develop a potentially significant change of policy. But experience suggests you will get better policy decisions if you can involve those affected at a formative stage.It does appear that the Cabinet is now genuinely committed to the future of PCL. That is progress.