Thursday, 13 October 2011

Brent Council wins libraries legal ruling

The council has today won a landmark legal case in the High Court which means we can now go ahead with plans to close six of Brent's libraries.

The judge hearing the case Mr Justice Ouseley dismissed the claim against the council and found in Brent's favour on every point. 

All library staff were invited to a meeting this morning so they could be told the outcome of the court case as soon as it happened. This means that none of the libraries opened this morning.

The six libraries identified for closure will not re-open. Staff will continue to work within the library service for the time being.

Opponents to the closures have been refused leave to appeal the decision.

This means that we can now go ahead with the Library Transformation programme that will implement a broad range of improvements to the service overall.

The libraries that will be closed are:

  • Barham Park
  • Cricklewood
  • Kensal Rise
  • Neasden
  • Preston Road
  • Tokyngton
courtesy of Brent.

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