The plight of the Willesden Bookshop, facing closure this month as its notice expires, is reported in today's Guardian LINK
Helen Sensi, who has worked at the shop since it opened, said:
We've been inundated with people saying 'Why are you closing down?' I think people will feel a tremendous sense of loss. Independent shops have had a hard time, but Steve (Adams) has kept the shop going where others have fallen. He's managed to be a community service, even if the council doesn't recognise it.Sensi said that the end of the Willesden store was:
... disaster for children in terms of literacy. To see children engrossed on the floor, from tiny tots reading cloth books to older children running towards a cover they recognise, is a delight. For me, that's where it begins.Surely it is not too late for Brent Council leader Muhammed Butt to meet with campaigners and the bookshop to sort something out. The bookshop is something of tremendous value that Brent Council is in danger of needlessly throwing on the scrap heap.