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.”

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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.”

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