Search

Wembley mother joins fight to reopen Barham Library

12:00 09 September 2012

Waheedi Bibi (white dress) at the mother and toddler club she runs at Barham Volunteer Library

Waheedi Bibi (white dress) at the mother and toddler club she runs at Barham Volunteer Library

Archant

Waheeda Bibi collected more than 100 signatures calling for action

A mother from Wembley has collected more than 100 signatures from residents calling for their local library to be re-opened.

Waheeda Bibi, who lives in Chaplin Road, has been busy collecting signatures from local residents affected by the closure of Barham Library.

The mother of three currently runs a mother and toddler group at the community run pop-up library in Wembley High Road.

Volunteers have been forced to rent temporary premises in Wembley High Road and previously Barham Primary School, in Danethorpe Road, following the closure the reading room in Barham Park last year.

Mrs Bibi told the Times it was ‘desperately said’ to see the building standing empty.

She said: “We remember it buzzing with activity. The library was especially popular with children and with some of the area’s older residents who appreciated the parkland setting.

“Most of them have not been able to switch to Brent’s few remaining libraries given the inconvenient and time-consuming journeys required.”

The petition, which currently has more than 150 signatures, is expected to be handed to the council in the coming weeks. Barham Library, which has now been put on the market, was given to the council as a gift from Titus Barham 60 years ago alongside two other buildings in the park.

A covenant attached to the buildings stipulates that they must be used for the enjoyment of local people.

The move to close down Barham, Cricklewood, Kensal Rise, Neasden, Tokyngton and Preston libraries will save the local authority £1m.

The Barham Volunteer Library at 428 Wembley High Road is open on Saturdays between 11am and 4pm and on Mondays and Wednesdays between 12 and 5pm.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

Friday, January 20, 2017
Police at the scene in Wembley (Pic: Sam Corbishley)

A teenager who died after being attacked in a street in Wembley today was stabbed to death and a second man was left injured.

Friday, January 20, 2017
Police at the scene in Wembley (Pic: Sam Corbishley)

A murder hunt has been launched following the death of a teenager who was attacked near Wembley Stadium.

Friday, January 20, 2017
Megan Butcher and daughter Joyce Thompson are joined by other residents.

“Golden oldie” Megan Butcher was joined by 40 friends from the Bush Grove Residents’ Association and was also congratulated by The Queen.

Friday, January 20, 2017
The Conservative Councillor for Brondesbury Park hopes to encourage more people from the Polish community to get involved in politics.

Conservative councillor Joel Davidson is aiming to boost Polish representation at local council level.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Yahya Rashid was jailed for five years in November 2015

A Willesden man who spent his student loan on travelling to Syria to join ISIS has lost his appeal to clear his name.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
The report slammed Brent Council's planning department

Brent Council’s planning department is open to fraud and bribery, it has been claimed.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Farzaneh Entikabi is missing

Police are appealing for information about a missing woman with links to Maida Vale, Kilburn and the Edgware Road amid a claim she has been kidnapped.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Grace products contain banned high levels of hydroquinone (Pics: LTS)

Brent Council has pledged to come down hard on shops that sell illegal skin bleaching products which can contain ingredients that could kill.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most Read Kilburn News

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now