Save Kensal Rise Library – the campaign continues!
Last year, FKRL opposed the developer’s planning application. We thought the library space was unworkable: it was less than that offered now – and half was going to be in a basement with no natural light. We did not think that was acceptable.
This year, FKRL has agreed to support the new community (D1) space within the new planning application. We believe it is our best chance of keeping a library for our community.
Why has FKRL agreed?
As a result of FKRL’s campaigning, the contract between All Souls and the developer obliges the developer to reserve 1500 square feet for library and community use. Now, after further campaigning, the developer has been persuaded to set aside more and better community space in exchange for our agreement.
Any campaign involves difficult decisions at key moments. FKRL’s Trustees agonised about the implications of signing such an agreement. None of us got into this battle originally because we wanted to see flats in the building.
But we now have an improved offer of a viable library and community space – roughly two thirds of the ground floor – rent free in perpetuity and refurbished. Only the ground floor was accessible to the public in the former library building.
Walking away from the offer in the hope that we might eventually manage to acquire the whole building (from an owner who does not want to sell, and at a cost of millions of pounds we don’t have ) would be irresponsible. We would run the risk of no space at all.
Like any property deal, there is no guarantee until contracts are exchanged. What we have achieved is an agreement that we are the preferred tenants, nominated by All Souls, as per their contract with the developer. Trust is required from all three parties at this stage. We look forward to signing a tenancy agreement once planning permission is granted.
After nearly four years of campaigning, we at last have a chance of something, rather than a chance of nothing
We are looking forward to the day when we can put all our energies into creating a great, free library and community space for all the residents of Kensal Green and Kensal Rise.
What You Can Do
For the best chance of retaining a library for the community, FKRL are supporting the application in the following way:
Support planning application 14/0846
I give my support re Planning Application 14/0846:
1. For D1 community library and space
2. For FKRL to be tenants of the space
If you agree, please join us by writing the same, then sign and send to Brent Planning before April 28th 2014.
To send – go online to Brent Planning
and using the link against this planning application record “Comment on this planning application” or send your comments by email email@example.com
or by post to:
Planning Application 14/0846
Brent Civic Centre
Wembley HA9 0FJ
Thank you for your continuing support for the campaign to Save Kensal Rise Library.
and on behalf of all Trustees.
Why FKRL Decided To Accept Kensal Rise Library Re-Development Offer
Many of you know that the FKRL Trustees recently decided to support the community (D1) aspect of the library building’s re-development. We signed an agreement in good faith with All Souls College and the developer to this effect, trusting this would strengthen our position as future operators of the library and community space.