As we go into the third year of our campaign and what looks like the third phase (Brent, All Souls, The Developer) perhaps it will be ‘third time lucky’?
There still seems to be a lot of enthusiasm and support for the campaign and I’m feeling optimistic myself, although that might be more to do with the possible end to the long cold winter….
Whatever…. There is still plenty to play for so long as the community support remains strong and there is still the will to fight.
When we get our library we will have plenty to congratulate ourselves about.
1. Community Right to Bid: As stated in our previous update All Souls College is claiming exemption from the council’s listing of the library as an asset of community value. They have refused through their lawyers, Farrer and Co, to show the council and us details of the ‘binding agreement’they say they made with developer Andrew Gillick of Platinum Revolver (or now Kensal Rise Properties or Cricklewood Properties – he forms and dissolves companies so quickly!). We believe that the Council cannot properly satisfy itself that the agreement the College has with the developer to purchase Kensal Rise Library is a binding agreement without seeing the document itself. If the College refuses to disclose the agreement to the Council and the Council were to do nothing to prevent the development of the land, the Council may be susceptible to review. If the Council sees the agreement and accepts that it is a binding agreement, it would still be open to the friends of the library to challenge this in court, because the Council has no jurisdiction to make binding decisions as to the nature of the agreement. We have made representations to the council and hope to have their decision soon. The Community Listing stays on the building so if it is sold on, the community will then have the right to bid for it.
2. Andrew Gillick and the planning process
The developer has begun his approach to the council with a view to pushing through his proposals for the library building. He wants to put six flats in the building and give to the community less than half of the ground floor. He will need to get planning permission to change the current D1 Community Use of the building so that flats can be built. He is hoping to persuade the council that the small space for a library or ‘some other community group’ will be enough to get the change of use he needs to develop the building. We are hoping that he will not get this permission for change of use as we believe that the entire building should be used for the benefit of the community and that the space offered is not viable for a community library. We are continuing to negotiate about this space.
The listing of the building as an ‘asset of community value’ should be a material consideration when it comes to planning proposals and change of use.
We also expect this community to be involved in the planning process and more on this soon.
3. Quiz Night at The Island
We will be holding a Quiz Night at The Island on College Rd.
Tuesday 12thMarch 7.30 for 8pm start.
Tickets £5 available from The Island or on the door.
Just turn up with a team of five or join a team on the nght. Should be fun!
All proceeds go to the campaign and thank you to The Island for hosting this event.
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Visit our website www.savekensalriselibrary.organd just click on the Bilbary.com button.
All proceeds go towards the library and campaign.
5. Pop Up Library would still love to see you and is still going strong. If you can spare an hour or two please let us know.
Thank you to those wonderful people who have manned it over winter.
6. Kensal Rise Residents Meeting
The next meeting of the residents will be on Wednesday 6th March at 7.30pm at the Kensal Rise Constitutional Club 194b Chamberlayne Rd
(next door to the Lexi Cinema).
Hear about the exciting developments for the Chamberlayne Rd 20 mph zone!
Contact Rik KRRA Secretary: 07946 849140
In closing I repeat that we will hold a public meeting before we make any decsion to accept any offer about the library.