Brent councillor gets on his bike in bid to save libraries

Cllr Paul Lorber is embarking on the Transport for London Cycle Challenge

The leader of Brent’s Lib Dems is saddling up to take part in a biking competition to raise money for a legal fight against plans to close half of Brent’s libraries.

Displaying a commitment to cycling to rival London Mayor Boris Johnson, Cllr Paul Lorber (Sudbury) is embarking on the Transport for London cycle challenge.

The competition pits groups of cyclists against each other and whichever group clocks up the most miles win a cash prize.

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Cllr Lorber told The Times: “I did 25km on the bike so I am doing quite well. I want to visit and highlight as many interesting places as possible in Brent. There are lots of hidden gems.

“Challenging the council’s decision to shut half of Brent’s libraries is an expensive business – but the legal challenge is a vital part of the community campaign to get the council’s leadership to think again.”

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Cllr Lorber is receiving some top tips from former Brent Tokyngton councillor and ironman triathlon competitor, Peter Corcoran.

If he wins the challenge, Cllr Lorber will donate the money to the Brent Save Our Six libraries campaign group, which is on a fundraising drive to raise �30,000 to mount a legal challenge against plans to axe half the borough’s libraries.

Under cost cutting measures approved in April, reading rooms in Cricklewood, Kensal Rise, Neasden, Barham Park, Tokyngton and Preston would close.

Kayla Flaum, from the campaign, said: “I think it is fantastic that Paul is putting all his energies into the bike ride to raise money for the campaign.

“Individuals can do so much to raise money for this cause and that will mean we can hit our target quicker.”

There is no limit on the number of people who can get involved in the challenge, and Cllr Lorber is looking for fellow cyclists to sign up.

To join in, contact cllr paul.lorber@brent.gov.uk

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