Brent Council’s loss making magazine makes another blunder over libraries

Town hall publication promotes library event when branch will be closed for refurbishment

Brent Council has continued its list of blunders in its own publication, the Brent Magazine, after advertising Ealing Road Library as a venue for World Book Day when it will be closed.

Ealing Road Library, in Ealing Road, Wembley, will be shut for a month between February 27 and March 25 for refurbishment.

But on page six of the council’s latest edition of the Brent Magazine, it lists Ealing Road Library as a main venue for World Book Day - on March 1.

The borough has already lost six libraries which were closed last year by the Labour run council.

The Times exclusively revealed last September how the magazine, published 10 times a year, is losing the town hall nearly �1,000 a month on average.

Between January and June last year, the local authority spent nearly �100,000 of taxpayers’ money on the Brent Magazine which is delivered to 99,000 homes in the borough.

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Cllr Paul Lorber, leader of Brent Lib Dems, said: “I assume the under-fives are not expected to play among the paint-pots and brushes as the redecoration goes on around them.

“This is an example, once again, of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing at Brent Council. I suggest the under-fives activity session is relocated to the empty Barham Park or Preston libraries where there is plenty of space.”

A spokesman from the council said: “A mistake was made in the text relating to World Book Day in stating that Ealing Library was taking part in the event on March 1.

“This is incorrect and should have been removed. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.”