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Another chapter closes in library

PUBLISHED: 10:21 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:51 24 August 2010

FEARS are growing for the future of the borough s main library after two businesses turned their back on it. Users of Willesden Green Library in Willesden High Road, are reeling after the cinema closed in November, following the café which shut some mon

FEARS are growing for the future of the borough's main library after two businesses turned their back on it.

Users of Willesden Green Library in Willesden High Road, are reeling after the cinema closed in November, following the café which shut some months earlier.

No new tenants have yet been found for either property and some feel as if the centre is not being pushed enough.

Jack Sayers, a former councillor, said: "It was a beacon in Willesden, and it is so sad to see it now without the cinema or the café.

"I used to take my kids there and they loved it but it's gone and will be missed by children.

"I really think the council need to push the library more to ensure it keeps going.

"They damaged Cricklewood library a while back when they moved the archives. They need to support libraries more here."

Brent Council said new tenants were currently being sought for both the cinema, which it hoped would re-open soon, and the café, which it specified must be family friendly.

The council also said in the meantime Brent's Children's Centres would provide a range of services from February, including mother and toddler groups, family learning sessions and advice surgeries for parents.

A council spokeswoman said: "The development of Willesden Green Library Centre as a community hub is a priority for Brent Council.

"In addition to the recently refurbished library, which attracts more than half a million visits every year, Brent Museum and Archives and the One Stop Shop Service are all heavily used by residents and visitors.

"During 2009 Brent Museum hosted a loan exhibition from the British Museum while Brent Archives relocated to Willesden Green from Cricklewood providing customers with an excellent range of cultural services in one building.

"The Willesden Bookshop and the Brent Artists Resource are also located within the centre which is fully WiFi enabled and has two meeting rooms available for hire."

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk


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