Anger over missing minutes for Kensal Rise Library planning meeting

Kensal Rise Library

Kensal Rise Library - Credit: Archant

Brent Council has come under fire for failing to publish the minutes of a planning meeting which was heard over a month ago.

Scores had invested interests in the meeting held on July 16, in which the proposed conversion of the beloved axed Kensal Rise Library building into five flats and a community space was given the green light by planning chiefs.

The decision marked the end of a long saga, which saw the launch police investigation into the alleged fraudulent emails supporting the previous application.

The planning committee had previously voted to defer a decision on the application, pending legal advice on the importance of ongoing probe the month before.

Criticising the delay, Ibrahim Taguri, Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for Brent Central, said: “Although I understand the complexities of the applications under discussion at the planning committee meeting in July, the public must have confidence that cases are being dealt with in a clear and transparent manner.

“We all know that the application to redevelop Kensal Rise Library and turn a significant proportion of the building has previously been ridden with controversy.”

People have also taken to social media site Twitter to express their disappointment.

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One user @chinmj said: “Still no minutes for last month’s Brent planning committee. “Disgraceful,” he added.

Another, @howarthm said: “No minutes of #KensalRiseLibrary planning hearing - breach of Standing Orders by @Brent_Council?”

Cllr Michael Pavey, deputy leader of Brent Council, said: “Committee minutes are a vital part of ensuring that council meetings are transparent and accessible to the public.

“On this occasion the relevant officer was taken seriously ill, leading to a delay in publishing the minutes. These minutes have now been published and are freely accessible to the public.”

Visit http://democracy.brent.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=115&MId=2287&Ver=4 to view the minutes which have now been published

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