Sunday, 3 April 2011

Preston Library Campaign appeals for help and Extraordinary Council Meeting fixed for April 13th

Things continued to move on the libraries closure issue over the weekend after publication of the report to the Executive on Friday. Save Preston Library Campaign's proposals for a volunteer-run library do not appear in the report or its appendices, although it was apparently sent to the Council.

The campaign is still working on a business plan:
We are preparing a business plan for Preston Library. It is based on Chalfont St Giles Library (C L) (run by volunteers for 4 years) who are helping us. It must be lodged with the councillors and officers well before the 11th April meeting when the cabinet want to confirm the closures of all six libraries.

It is essential that we obtain enough volunteers to run the library for the days we decide it will be open. We have over 40 volunteers already with varying skills. Some to run the library others with skills such as an electrician, health and safety expert, two retired librarians. We need volunteers who can offer three hours a week.

We also need pledges of money and offers of interest free loans and to start fund raising.
The campaign asks anyone who can help in any way to write to them at: bunce.linsell@virgin .net

Meanwhile the Mayor of Brent has agreed to the request by Conservatives and Liberal Democrats for an Extraordinary Meeting to discuss the library closures. It will be held on Wednesday April 13th at 7pm in the Council Chamber at Brent Town Hall. This is of course after the Executive meeting on Monday April 11th which has the closure report on its agenda.

An excellent account of Tim Coates' talk on Brent Library finances can be found on the I Spy in Queens Park blog HERE

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