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Fresh bid for community-run library in Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 November 2014

Barham Library was closed in 2011

Barham Library was closed in 2011

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Campaigners have launched a fresh bid to operate a community-run library at an axed reading room in Sudbury .

Friends of Barham Library (FOBL) have submitted a bid to the Barham Park Committee Trust (BPCT), which manages the defunct Barham Library (BL), in Harrow Road, to takeover the vacant card room on the suit.

As well as providing a community run library, the group proposes to supply computers, host arts and crafts, a tuck shop and a community and information centre.

Francis Henry, of Daniels Estate Agents and prominent member of FoBL, said: “The people living around Barham Park support the campaign for a return of a local Library.

“They now want to see a quick expression from Brent Councillors so that the much needed Community project can get off the ground.”

The FoBL, which currently operates two volunteer libraries in High Road, Wembley, and Sudbury Town Underground Station, in Station Approach, raised more than £35,000 as part of a bid to take over the running of the axed branch.

The campaign ended in bitter disappointment in September after the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art (ACAVA) were awarded the right to convert the site into art studios.

The building and the surrounding Barham Park was left to the council by Titus Barham following his death in 1936.

Barham Library, which opened in 1952, was controversially closed in 2011 alongside Kensal Rise, Cricklewood, Tokyngton, Preston and Neasden to save £1million a year.

A spokesman for Brent Council has confirmed the BPCT has received the bid.

He added: “The Barham Park Trust will be considering this approach.”

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