Brent Library Campaigners Promise Vigils

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Brent Library Campaigners Promise Vigils

Campaigners from Brent Save Our Six Libraries are planning daily vigils outside Kensal Rise Library to stop Brent Council boarding it up after a High Court appeal to prevent closures failed.

Kensal Rise is one of six libraries in the borough which the council aimed to close as part of a cost-cutting exercise. Local residents have fought the action all the way, describing it as 'unfair'. Campaigners went to the High Court in a bid to force the council to reverse its decision but were unsuccessful. Brent council weren't slow to act on last Thursday's ruling either; within hours the libraries were locked up and residents' pleas to be allowed to run the libraries on a voluntary basis were rebuffed.

The campaign has attracted a few famous faces – Zadie Smith, Philip Pullman and Alan Bennett have all pitched in, while Phil Jupitus of Never Mind The Buzzcocks fame will be appearing at a fundraising comedy event on Monday 17 October.

For videos and live updates from the front line, visit the Save Kensal Rise Library blog or follow on Facebook. Even better, get yourself a banner and head over to Kensal Rise.

Last Updated 16 October 2011

Richard Holloway

What a ridiculous state of affairs. If people had used Kensal Rise Library more when it wasn't in danger of being closed I'd be backing these people. However they did not. I used to live there. The opening hours were minimal, the selection of books was small and there was hardly ever anyone in there.
It feels like the same outpouring of grief that occurred over Woolworths. When you asked the idiots who protested that it should be rescued how often they shopped at Woolworths they said: "oh no I wouldn't shop there."
If they really cared about their local library they would have used it. They did not so it will go. Just ask Brent Council how many people visit the library each year. The figures speak for themselves.