1. Negotiations about the library space
Following refusal of planning permission last September, the developer and his architect are submitting fresh proposals for the library building to the planning committee of the council. Negotiations with regard to the space reserved for the community have been on going since before Christmas in so far as we have been shown and have commented on preliminary drawings. According to the architect these were a ‘work in progress’.
The Trustees of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library voted to agree, in principle, to accept the offer of two thirds of the ground floor, contingent on seeing the final drawings and the developer’s planning application and also subject to an agreement being drawn up that would give an assurance that the Friends would be the tenants of the space in which to run a community library. We have also had the support of the Brent Council Lead Member for Libraries, Cllr Mashari, for this.
Both the College and the Friends contributed to an agreement document that was to accompany the planning application. However, this was not agreed by the developer.
The Friends do not regard it as appropriate to approve a planning application on behalf of the community without first seeing that planning application. Furthermore, they have so far not had an assurance from the developer that in return for their support their tenancy of the library space would be assured.
We have informed both the College and the developer that we have been unable to support a planning application in this way.
2. National Libraries Day Saturday 8 February 2014
National Libraries Day will round off a week’s worth of celebrations in public, school, college, university, and workplace libraries on Saturday 8 February 2014.
Here in Kensal Rise the community will be celebrating by coming to the pop up library and giving it a bit of care and attention. Sorting the books and getting the space ready for spring. Come and join in this community event from 11am.
More details about events for National Libraries Day can be found on the website www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk