Really good news!
1. Friends of Kensal Rise Library named as tenants of library and community space.
After months of negotiations, the Friends of Kensal Rise Library are to be named as the ‘Actual’ tenants of the new library and community space in the Kensal Rise Library building.
Previously the Friends were named only as the ‘preferred’ tenants, leading many to think that the agreement FKRL had signed with both All Souls College and the Developer was not watertight and carried no legal weight, and, that after years of campaigning there was a chance that other groups might be offered the space.
Mandip Sahota, Associate planner for the developer stated:
Further to advice provided by the LPA in respect of the Assets of Community Value Regulations 2012, I am pleased to advise that the applicant has today confirmed that he is naming FKRL as the ‘actual’ tenant, as opposed to his ‘preferred’ tenant, subject of course to lease negotiations, management plan etc being satisfactory. We trust this goes some way to giving the Council, the FKRL and the local community the confidence to support this planning application.
This is a real breakthrough and achievement, and thanks must go to our Trustees and Committee for their hard work in achieving this.
We also thank our community for supporting us and local councillors, especially Roxanne Mashari, who has worked on our behalf for some time.
This has been a long campaign with many obstacles.
We hope now to be able to begin to focus on creating a library and community space for all in our community.
2. Mark Twain Talk – St Martin’s Church Kensal Rise – Sunday September 7th at 7pm.
We are very lucky and honoured to have as our guest Dr Cindy Lovell, PhD, Executive Director of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, who will be giving a talk on Mark Twain. http://www.marktwainhouse.org
More details will follow.
Thank you to Graham Noyce and the PCC for their continued support, we are really indebted to them.
3. Queens Park Day Sunday September 14th
FKRL will be present at Queens Park Day this year.
Come and find out about the campaign; sign up as a volunteer; join our committee; become a Trustee; all ideas welcome.
We do have other events planned, particularly a photographic exhibition of the campaign and a literary festival in the autumn – more on these later.