Brent’s councillors are facing growing embarrassment, as the Harrow Observer reveals that Brent Council spent £1.2 million in one month alone on consultants, whilst claiming half of Brent’s libraries – including Kensal Rise Library, opened by Mark Twain – should be closed:
MORE than £1.2 million was spent on consultants by Brent Council during the same month it recommended to close six of the borough’s libraries.
Campaigners have expressed outrage at the amount the local authority paid out to obtain advice from private consultancy firms in March.
In the same month, a council report was published recommending the closures of six libraries to save the authority money despite mass opposition from the public.
The plans were rubber-stamped by the Labour-run council earlier this month.
As residents across Brent are arguing:
“The latest data shows more than £1.2 million was spent on consultants in March. This is much more than the £1 million over two years the council claims it is trying to save by closing six libraries.”