Disposal of the Kensal Rise Library Building
The Friends of Kensal Rise Library (FKRL) has been notified by the Council of the owner’s intention to dispose of the Kensal Rise Library building. As the building is an Asset of Community Value the owner is obliged to inform the Council of any intention to dispose of the building. This can be a ‘disposal’ (sale) of any part of the building (including a lease of more than 25 years).
The Council is obliged by the Localism Act (2011) to notify the community of this intention to dispose. The D1 space is guaranteed by the planning permission granted in July of this year and by the S106 agreement recently signed by the council and the owner.
All Souls College has retained control of the D1 space and any ’disposal’ by the owner has with it the ‘encumbrance’ of the decision of planning, including the D1 space.
As the College still states on its website,
The College has sold both buildings (Kensal Rise Library and Cricklewood Library) to a commercial developer on condition that a certain amount of space in each building is leased on a rent-free basis for 999 years to enable continued provision of library services to the residents of both Cricklewood and Kensal Rise once the development has been completed.
The College hopes that the Friends (of Cricklewood) and Kensal Rise Libraries will become the operators of these new library facilities and plans to offer both groups leases which will also be rent-free. The College has retained long-term control over the space allocated to it in each building so that it cannot be changed from the provision of library services without its permission.
Any new owner who wanted to change the decision of the Planning Committee would need to submit a new planning application.
Any Community Interest Group can potentially submit a bid – as FKRL has for the D1 space.
FKRL remain committed to establishing a library and community space in the building and is prepared to work with whoever is the owner of the building.
Nearly in our fifth year of campaigning – we don’t give up.
C&D Food and Wines College Road.
The planning application for the corner shop will be considered at the Planning Committee at 7.00pm on 10 December, 2014 at Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley.
On 6 December, 2014 at approximately 11:35 a.m. members of the Committee will visit the site and of course everyone is welcome to attend.
The early advice from planning officers is to grant consent but as enough objections were raised the decision will go to the full Planning Committee on 10th December.
Cllr Mat Kelcher for Kensal Green Ward will be speaking against the plans and hopes that as many local people as possible will show support by attending the planning meeting.
The link to the planning application is: http://bit.ly/SaveCollegeRdShop
Save Kensal Rise Library Christmas Cards
Our annual campaign Christmas cards will go on sale tomorrow at C&D Food and Wines College Road.
£5 for a pack of ten – beautifully designed by Allen and Laura.
Support the campaign and spread a little seasonal joy.