June 2014 Update

Hi Everyone,

1. Brent Planning Officers have recommended that the planning application for the Kensal Rise Library building be granted consent – subject to legal agreement.

The Planning Committee will meet to decide whether or not to give consent at 7pm on 17th June. The meeting will take place in the Conference Hall at the Brent Civic Centre, Engineers way, Wembley. HA9 0FJ.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and if you wish to comment you need to contact:
Joe Kwateng – Democratic Services Officer –

020 8937 1354 joe.kwateng@brent.gov.uk

You can read the Officer’s report at Brent’s planning website:  democracy.brent.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CommitteeId=115

Click on meeting date: 17/06/14 and then click on agenda report pdf.
We will be organising a bus to go to the planning meeting on 17th June. We will leave from outside the library at 6pm, returning at approximately 10 pm. You are welcome to come and support FKRL.
If you are interested in a seat on the bus please email me as places are limited –kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk .
There will be a site visit to the library by the Planning Committee on Saturday 14th June at 10.30am. You can show your support for FKRL to the planning committee by turning up and letting them know how important the D1 space is to this community..

2. Following the recent elections and the formation of a cabinet, councillors now have new responsibilities.Although Cllr Mashari has moved to Employment and Skills in the new Cabinet, she has given us an assurance that she will continue to work with FKRL until we have secured a Community Library on the Kensal Rise Library site. We would like to thank Cllr Mashari for her help and look forward to continuing to work with her, not only on the library but in future partnership, which will include working with young people in the borough, helping them to acquire employment skills and providing solutions to digital exclusion.The new Member who is responsible for libraries is Queens Park Councillor James Denselow.

Cllr Denselow sent us this message:
I’m delighted to have been re-elected by the residents of Queen’s Park and then voted to be the Labour Group’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities. I promise to work with FKRL to support their plans for a community library and will strive to bring these delicate negotiations to a successful conclusion. The opening of the Kensal Rise Community Library could be both an inspiration and template for a different kind of relationship between the Council and its residents”.
We look forward to working with Cllr Denselow.
3. The Queens Park  Photo Event is taking placing this coming weekend June 14th-15th 1-6pm.
Photo competition winners exhibition for Under18’s.
Around a Mile Exhibition from local photographers (all pix taken within one mile of Queens Park Bandstand).
Free portrait sessions and exhibition of previous sitters.
Come and have your photo taken and be part of the Queens Park Portrait Project
4. FKRL will be hosting some great events over the next couple of months.
Quiz night July 2nd with brilliant Quizmasters Richard and Simon. Venue to be announced..
Sunday 7th September – Cindy Lovell, Executive Director of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford Connecticut, USA, will be giving a talk on Mark Twain.
Venue to be announced. Check out the website http://www.marktwainhouse.org/ – inspirational.
Queens Park Day – Sunday 14th September – FKRL will have  a stall – come and talk about the campaign, join the committee, become a trustee, give us your ideas for our library and community space.
We are looking forward  to making plans for our library and public space and involving as many of you as possible in those plans.
Hopefully, exciting days ahead.
Thank you to all of you that continue to support FKRL and the campaign.
Margaret Bailey


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