Thursday, 13 October 2011

Brent Council: "Six libraries will not open again" but campaigner pledge to fight on

Brent Council has wasted no time! The Willesden and Kilburn Times reports that the council will close the six libraries threatened with closure immediately following the High Court decision:
Following Mr Justice Ouseley decision to dismiss a judicial review launched by campaigners challenging the proposals Brent Council revealed that Barham Park, Cricklewood, Kensal Rise, Neasden, Preston and Tokyngton library will never open their doors again.

Fiona Ledden, Brent Council’s director of legal services, said: “Following the decision from the High Court the six libraries in question will not open again.”
The  Evening Standard reports:

Campaigners were set to learn later today whether they will be given permission to appeal. In a statement issued by Brent SOS Libraries Campaign, campaigners said: "We are obviously disappointed with the decision given by the judge today.

"We will be consulting with our lawyers on our legal options. We are determined to appeal if allowed to do so. We believe there are important points of principle at stake which an Appeal Court will decide.

"Our campaign will redouble its efforts to expose the senselessness of Brent Council's decision to close half of its libraries."

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