Update January 2012

Kensal Rise LibraryHi Everyone,

2012 – Welcome to it.

I hope we are starting this year on a positive note?

1. Legal challenge

I know the previous two judgements have been disappointing to say the least.

This campaign has always been about keeping as many options open as possible in the face of the intransigence of the council. The legal option has been one of the options we have pursued, not the only one, but one that has allowed us to focus on challenging the right of councils to make decisions that damage communities. Cuts to local authority budgets is a serious issue but an unwillingness of the council to find a solution, co-operatively, imaginatively, has made the options that we as a community are forced to consider difficult and not without risk.

We consider these options with hope and if they are not successful we look elsewhere.

We may not be given leave to appeal to the Supreme Court in which case we will explore other options, and we have other options.

We believe this community needs a library and that is the end we are pursuing.

2. Public Meeting – we will be holding a public meeting towards the end of the month or at the beginning of February. We are in the process of organising this and will let you know dates shortly. We need to discuss where we are in the campaign and what the feelings of the community are and also the continued progression of the campaign. The campaign belongs to all of us so as much discussion/feedback/ideas as possible is necessary and welcome.

Kensal Rise Pop-up Library3. The Pop Up Library will continue to serve the community.

If you want to volunteer some time just pop along and put your name on the roster. We cannot take donations of books at present as there is not enough space, but thank you to all of you that have made the collection such a brilliant one. And thank you to all the people who have volunteered their time. It has not been easy in the freezing cold, but the buzz can be quite good and also the discussion and it has been a wonderful symbol made real of this community’s determination to save the library.

4. Action to Defend Libraries

Saturday 7 January 2012 11am to 1pm at Willesden Green Library – Please come along.

Plans to close Willesden Green Library for two years (for an as yet undeclared development) are due to be reported to Brent Council Cabinet early this year. The council initially proposed to open a small room next to the library – but have now been forced to seek additional study spaces. Brent SOS Libraries (including Save Kensal Rise Library) are petitioning and meeting outside the library to draw attention to the closure and to put pressure on the council to consider the proposal that Cricklewood and Kensal Rise libraries be re-opened during the two year period.

5. Business Plan – The Friends of Kensal Rise Library has submitted a plan to the council for a community run library. Details of the plan will be on our website soon and comment is welcome. www.savekensalriselibrary.org

6. The Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has launched an inquiry into library closures.

UK ParliamentThe Committee is inviting written submissions and requesting views on the following issues:

  • what constitutes a comprehensive and efficient library service for the 20th century
  • the extent to which planned closures are compatible with the requirements of the Libraries & Museums Act 1964 and the Charteris Report
  • the impact closures have on communities
  • the effectiveness of the Secretary of State’s powers of intervention under the Public Libraries & Museums Act 1964

A copy of submissions should be sent to cmsev@parliament.uk and have ‘Library Closures’ in the subject line and should be submitted by 12 January.

The committee wants responses from individuals as well as organisations and campaigning groups.

You can send a letter, however simple, saying what the loss of your local library means to you and/or your community, you don’t need to cover all the issues above.

7. Jamie Reid Poster launch – Friday 3rd February at The Masons Arms NW10

The artist Jamie Reid has designed a poster for the Save Kensal Rise Library campaign.

“Jamie Reid is probably best known for his work with the Sex pistols, including the Cecil Beaton silver jubilee portrait of the queen with a safety pin through her nose, and the cover for ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’ which came in at number two in a Rolling Stone Magazine poll of the best rock album sleeves of all time. He also worked on the Sex Pistols film ‘The Great Rock and Roll Swindle’.Jamie has continued his collaborations with the music industry until the present day designing album covers for bands including Afrocelt Sound System, and the interior of the Strongroom Recording Studio in Shoreditch.”

This event will also mark National Libraries day which will be celebrated throughout England on Saturday 4th February.

Details of this event and how to obtain a poster will be available soon!


Looking forward to seeing everyone again.




Margaret Bailey


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