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Mid November update: 15 Nov 2012

Hi Everyone,

Just to be clear and so that you know what is happening with our negotiations with All Souls College.

We wrote a detailed open letter to the Fellows of the College on 2nd November 2012, setting out our concerns about the proposal that was put to us in a meeting on 25th October 2012 (details at Open Letter).

We also previously wrote to Professor Sir John Vickers, the Warden, on 6th June 2012 regarding the charitable status of the College and explaining if they were ‘so minded’ they could ‘gift’ the library to this community, within the principles of Charity Law (details at Charities Letter)

We held a rally in Oxford on Saturday 10th November 2012. We invited the Warden and Bursar to come to speak to us on that occasion. They declined, but we have been invited to a further meeting on 20th November 2012.

We have asked to meet with the College on other occasions and have been referred to Cluttons their property agents.

We have been corresponding with the College since the beginning of the campaign from December 2010. In July 2012, we asked to meet with the College. This led to a meeting in early August, which was the first meeting we had had with the College. Other than the meeting in October 2012 with Mr Thomas Seaman, the Bursar of the College, and Cluttons, the property agents of the College, in response to our proposal, other meetings with the College and its representatives have been at our request.

At the meeting on 25th October 2012 the Bursar told us that our proposal to run the library had been rejected and the College intended to sell the building to a property developer, a Mr Andrew Gillick of Platinum Revolver Ltd, who would be converting the majority of the building into flats, with some provision for library space at a market rent. It was expected that the sale would proceed within four to six weeks. The College was offering to pay and then subsidise the market rent for the library space over some years. They were also offering us a one off donation on completion of the sale to Mr Gillick. This was contrary to what we were told at the meeting in August, when the representatives of the College had assured us that the building would not be turned into flats.

The Bursar said we should meet with the developer to discuss the terms and space offered, which we did on 31st October. It transpired that Mr Gillick planned to turn the whole of the original building into flats. He planned to demolish the children’s library and build a modern building there for library use, which he intended to let at a market rent. After considering the offer we sent a letter to Mr Gillick, care of Cluttons as he would not give us an address for correspondence, saying we could not accept his offer as it stood as the space was too small and the library would not be sustainable on the terms offered. We also said we would be happy to continue to negotiate about terms. We have made this clear to Mr Gillick and the College.

Cricklewood library have also indicated to the College they would not be happy to work with this developer on the terms offered to them.

Full details of the offer and our response are on our website http://www.savekensalriselibrary.org under ‘Open Letter to All Souls’.

The College has never asked to meet with us on any other occasion.

There has been a second offer made to the College by another developer whose offer to us is more generous with regard to space and terms, although it also involves flats. We don’t know yet the outcome of this proposal to the College.

We will meet with the College on 20th November and hope that there will be a constructive discussion about the future of the library.

We have submitted a nomination to Brent Council asking them to list the library building under the Localism Act. If the building is listed, this will give us a Community Right to Bid, which is an offer from the community to buy the building from All Souls, and would prevent a sale of the building to anyone else for six months. The council will make a decision about whether or not to accept our nomination.

Obviously, there are differences of opinion about whether or not the College has the right to expect to make money out of our library.

Any decision about the future of the library will be taken after we have an offer in writing from All Souls to present to you, and will be made with the consent of the community at a public meeting.

You will decide.

We are trying to get the best offer we can on behalf of this community. If you have any questions about any of our negotiations please email me.

Regards,

Margaret Bailey

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KR Library Campaign Goes to Oxford!

A great day in Oxford with incredible support for our Library as well as shock & sadness that All Souls would value profit over books. All Souls were invited to join us, and although they weren’t available on the day, a meeting to discuss their plans for Kensal Rise library is scheduled in a weeks time.

A special thanks to all of the children and the Oxford students who joined us, they were brilliant!

Click on this link to watch a Youtube clip of the Oxford demo!

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Leaflets at Kensal Green Underground Station

We will be distributing leaflets at Kensal green tube with an update and details of the Oxford trip on Thursday morning from 7.30-9am.

If you can help let me know.

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The Save Kensal Rise library campaign goes to Oxford!

On Saturday 10th November we will be going to Oxford and would like as many of you as possible to join us. We will be appealing to the Fellows of the College to come and speak to us. Buses (free) will be leaving from the Kensal Rise Library at 9.30 and will be returning about 4pm. If you would like to come please leave your name here: http://goo.gl/IAbtO.

Only put your name down if you definitely plan to come as we need accurate numbers for the bus company. Should be a good day out and we would like to see as many imaginative placards as possible. It is important to let Oxford see how important our library is to us.

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November Update

Hi Everyone,

1. Open Letter to Warden and Fellows of All Souls College

After meeting with the Bursar of All Souls College, and the developer that the College wants to sell the building to, we have written an Open Letter to the Warden and Fellows of All Souls College. You can read this letter on our website www.savekensalriselibrary.org. It has information about the entire negotiation process with the College and our subsequent meeting with the developer.

2. Proposal from The Friends of Kensal Rise Library to All Souls College Oxford

Our proposal for a library and community space can now be accessed from the website.

3. The Save Kensal Rise library campaign goes to Oxford!

On Saturday 10th November we will be going to Oxford and would like as many of you as possible to join us. We will be appealing to the Fellows of the College to come and speak to us. Buses (free) will be leaving from the Kensal Rise Library at 9.30 and will be returning about 4pm.If you would like to come please leave your name here: http://goo.gl/IAbtO.

Only put your name down if you definitely plan to come as we need accurate numbers for the bus company. Should be a good day out and we would like to see as many imaginative placards as possible. It is important to let Oxford see how important our library is to us.

4. Leaflets at Kensal Green Underground Station

We will be distributing leaflets at Kensal green tube with an update and details of the Oxford trip on Thursday morning from 7.30-9am. If you can help let me know.

I can assure you that we are trying as hard as possible to find the best solution for our library and community.

We are trying to negotiate with both the College and the developer but I won’t pretend it is easy or plain sailing.

We are hoping the College will be willing to listen to us, they have said they have been impressed by the strength of our campaign and our desire to save our library. They have said they want to see a library remain on the site.

We hope to achieve more than a small library space overshadowed by flats and parts of the building demolished.

So we need to continue to fight for this. The support of the community is vital.

I hope as many of you as possible will come to Oxford.

I hope the desire to make money out of this community’s assets will not be the lasting legacy of this campaign.

Regards,

Margaret Bailey 

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OPEN LETTER TO ALL SOULS COLLEGE FROM FKRL 02 NOVEMBER 2012

Click to read this open letter to All Souls yesterday outlining our response to their offer.

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Documents Presented to All Souls

Please follow the links below to see the documents submitted to All Souls as part of the bid to run the library:

Covering Letter

Proposal

Supporting Research

These documents require Acrobat Reader.

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