August Library Campaign Update

Kensal Rise LibraryHi Everyone,

Activity on the campaign has been quieter over the last month, so this update will be brief. Things have been slow because of the summer holidays and because the result of the legal challenge is on hold until the new legal term starts. But we need to pick up the momentum again: some big developments are imminent.

On the judicial review, Mr Justice Ouseley should deliver his judgement in early October. We’re hopeful he will agree with our arguments that Brent failed to comply with its statutory duties in the way it took the decision to cut libraries. As soon as the judgement is issued we will let all the campaign’s supporters know. The Brent SOS Libraries campaign (which is backing the legal aid claimants in the judicial review) has gone a long way to raising the money we need to cover potential legal costs. The latest total we have is just short of £22,000 – well on the way to the £30,000 we need, but still needing one final push. So if you’re feeling bad about not having donated a fiver towards saving libraries in the borough, now’s your chance…

While we are on fundraising a big thank you to Shaun and Janet for organizing the store on our website which made approx £3000. This will also go towards our legal coats.

We also need people to write letters to the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, if you haven’t already. This is urgent. He and his officials at the Department for Culture Media and Sport will be taking a decision very soon on whether Brent’s cuts would put them in breach of the 1964 Museums and Libraries Act. He has met with representatives of Brent to discuss the issue but not with resident or campaign groups, and we have contacted them to ask for a meeting.  So the more lobbying he gets the better. Feel free to compose a letter yourself, or you can find a form letter here.

Other upcoming events that need your support:

There will be a Jacqueline Wilson fundraising event on Wednesday 28 September at 6pm. This will be held in St Martin’s Church in Mortimer Road. Tickets will be available from L’Angolos Deli in College Rd, NW10, Queens Park Books in Salusbury Road NW6 and also at local schools. The tickets are being designed and printed now and we will let you know when they are available.

There is also a comedy night being planned for October with some big names from the comedy world. This will be held at Queens Park Community School and we will be sending out details for this event very soon.

If anybody is interested in joining a Kensal Rise residents association, the first meeting is on Wednesday 14th September. Contact Rik Smith on 07946 849140 for details.

Don’t forget to keep checking this website for up to date information and news.


David Butcher

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