Brent Council leader speaks out after campaigners lose their High Court fight against library closures

Town Hall boss will push ahead with plans to build ‘super-library’

The leader of Brent Council has spoken out after a High Court judge ruled in favour of the local authority’s decision to close six libraries in the borough.

Campaigners lodged a Judicial Review at the High Court of Justice to halt plans to close half of the borough’s reading rooms to save �1million.

However, the case was thrown out this morning allowing Brent Council to close library branches in Barham Park, Cricklewood, Kensal Rise, Neasden, Preston and Tokyngton.

Cllr Ann John OBE said: “We are pleased that the judge, having carefully considered all the complaints, has found in the council’s favour on each and every one.”

Adding that the decision will mean the council’s ‘super-library’ can go ahead, she said: “It means we can push ahead with our exciting plans to improve Brent’s library service and offer a 21st Century service for the benefit of all our residents.

“This has been a very unsettling time for libraries staff and I would like to pay tribute to them for being so professional and hard working in continuing to deliver a first rate service to Brent library users, in spite of these difficulties.”