Our campaign continues to hit the front pages, as residents across Brent challenge the council’s library consultation process. In the latest developments, Brent Council has admitted that information provided as part of the consultation process – including visitor numbers – was wrong. The council is also under mounting pressure for voting through library cuts before the consultation process even ended.
In a letter to Brent Council, campaigners state:
“Critical information is missing. In many respects they are inaccurate and in some respects they are positively misleading.
Information about the number of visits to each library is inaccurate as it does not take into account large groups or different opening hours.
In contrast to well established practice on equality, no impact assessment has been produced to accompany the proposals so as to enable the community to understand and respond to the real impact their implementation will have.
This is not a fair consultation process that has been completed.”
This is an issue which shows no sign of going away. With support from high-profile figures including Philip Pullman, Zadie Smith, and Ken Livingstone, widespread campaigning across Brent and beyond, and continued media coverage, the call is resounding – scrap these library closure proposals. Save Kensal Rise Library.
Remember to keep an eye on our upcoming events. For the next event, Zadie Smith will be reading in support of the campaign at Paradise in Kensal Rise. Also join our mailing list to receive the latest updates and news from the campaign, and find out how you can get involved.
Windows across Brent are filled with posters declaring: Save Kensal Rise Library! If you haven’t got one yet, download and print one off here and display it in your window.