Thursday, 17 May 2012

Brent libraries hit the headlines again: links

There has been widespread press coverage of the Kensal Rise Library battle yesterday as well as Brent Council leadership changes. Here are some of the stories and links:

Tim Lott: Brent council models itself on 'Goodfellas'
The Independent
I spent most of yesterday standing outside my library in Kensal Rise, north-west London, trying both to stop Brent Council removing the books and to work out what Kafkaesque logic brought me here. Since the decision to close the library in 2010, ...LINK

Kensal Rise library campaigners gain another day
The Guardian
Shortly after midday on Wednesday, one of the local authority workers caught up in the often bitter hostilities between Brent council and those fighting to save Kensal Rise library took it upon themselves to lighten the
mood a little.LINK

Campaigners block council's efforts to remove books from Kensal Rise library
The Guardian
Around 50 campaigners have gathered outside Kensal Rise library in north-west London after Brent council workers began removing books from the closed library, which has become a key battleground in the fight over local authority cuts.LINK

Brent Council deny claims Kensal Rise library was stripped of books today to ...
Brent and Kilburn Times
Claims that attempts to strip an axed library branch of it books was carried out today to stop the new council leader from reversing the decision has been denied. Cllr Paul Lorber, leader of Brent's Lib Dems, has accused Cllr James Powney, ...LINK

Sports charity given 'run around' by Brent Council over disused Barham Park ... Harrow Times
A sports charity for young people claims Brent Council is "dragging its  feet" over a disused library building they hope to rent as their new centre. Track Academy, run by Brent resident Connie Henry, offers sports
activities to disadvantaged children, ...LINK

Protest success as council stops library clearance
Harrow Observer
The new leader of Brent Council Muhammed Butt found himself under pressure this morning when the protesters formed a human barrier to stop council staff loading up vans full of books and IT equipment. Campaigners were "delighted" to announce this ... LINK

Angry campaigners continue library protest
Harrow Observer
More than 50 people flocked to the facility this morning to witness a team of council staff start to strip the building, one of six libraries closed by Brent Council. Campaigners have tried to form a human barricade to put a halt to the clear out. LINK

New Brent leader is urged to reverse library closures
Evening Standard
Campaigners fighting to save Brent's libraries were today given fresh hope after the council's new leader promised a “fresh approach” to running the borough. Muhammed Butt has replaced Ann John as leader of an authority heavily criticised for shutting ... LINK

Kensal Rise campaigners barricade doors
The Bookseller
Library campaigners in Kensal Rise have barricaded the doors to prevent council staff from clearing the building of books today. Around 50 campaigners have gathered outside the Brent library and prevented eight council workers accompanied by Brent's ... LINK

Brent Labour Council Leader's final day in office marred by ... Councillor Ann John's final day in office as Council Leader has been marked by Brent Council removing books and computers from the historic Kensal Rise LINK

Brent Council Executive 2012 / 2013 « Cllr Krupesh Hirani
Following the Brent Council Annual General Meeting of 2012 tonight, the emerging Cabinet is as follows: ... Deputy Leader of Brent Council – Cllr Ruth Moher ... LINK

Campaigners block council's efforts to remove books from Kensal ... Around 50 campaigners have gathered outside Kensal Rise library in north-west London after ... LINK

Brent Labour must now work with campaigners - Teather (London ... Local Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather has welcomed reports that Labour-run Brent Council have temporarily put a halt to the ransacking of Kensal Rise library, but ...  LINK

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