July Update

Hi Everyone,
1. The community unified
Since the public meeting there has been a tremendous response in the community to our plans to present evidence to Brent’s planning committee opposing change of use of the Kensal Rise Library building from community use to residential. Over 45 local businesses and organisations have endorsed our petition opposing change of use of the building.
The Kensal Green branch of the Labour Party voted last week to support our aims to keep the library building in community use. Thank you to the branch who have been consistent in their support for our campaign.
This community does not want flats in the library, it wants a library in the library. It wants the building that we helped to pay for and to which All Souls College contributed not  a single penny to remain for the use of the community.
Putting six flats in the building and  a small space for a library, which we don’t think is viable, is not a fair deal for this community.
Cllr Roxanne Mashari, the new lead member for libraries has organised a meeting for us with Brent planning so that we can put the case for protecting the Kensal Rise Library building which the council designated an asset of community value.
2.  Petition
We have been circulating a paper petition locally which will contribute to the evidence we present to Brent planning to show that there are alternatives to flats in the building.
This petition is now online:
If you live in Kensal Green, Brondesbury or Queens Park wards please sign this petition and don’t sign if you have signed the paper one.
3. Survey
If you haven’t filled in the survey telling us your views about the Kensal Rise Library please take the time to do so. It will really help us to know how the community feels about the whole issue of the library/the campaign/flats etc and will also add weight to the evidence we present to the planning committee.
The link is below:
4. Quiz Night at The Masons Arms.
Tuesday 16th July at 8pm. Tickets on the door for £5.
Please support the campaign and have an entertaining night out competing against the greatest brains in Kensal Green/Kensal Rise.
Thank you to The Masons Arms for their continued support for our campaign.
Thank you to all of you that have stood strong for nearly three years now, there is still hope that there will be a good outcome for the enormous effort that has been put into this campaign.
We have become a stronger community, we know each other better, we care about and value where we live.
And it must be time for me to go to bed, this update is getting a bit emotional. When I think about the campaign I think about the really decent people that live around here and what a pleasure it is to be part of a community that values a simple thing such as a library is.
Simple but powerful.
Margaret Bailey

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