High Court to rule on library closures in Brent on Thursday

Landmark case will set a precedent across the country

The outcome of a judicial review into whether Brent Council should close six of the borough’s libraries is expected this morning (Thursday).

The local authority wants to shut half the reading rooms to save �1 million. They are Barham Park, Cricklewood, Kensal Rise, Neasden, Preston and Tokyngton.

Supporters have been campaigning against the closures since last year and took their case to the Royal Courts of Justice in July. If the judge votes in favour of keeping the libraries open it could set a precedent across the country.

The council has spent �70,000 of taxpayers’ money defending its decision.

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Celebrities backing the campaign include musicians Nick Cave, Depeche Mode and Alison Goldfrapp and authors Jacqueline Wilson and Philip Pullman.

The hearing is expected at around 10am.

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Margaret Bailey, who has been campaigning to save Kensal Rise, said: “Irrespective of the outcome I’m optimistic about the long term outcome.

“Whatever the outcome this is not the end.

“It does not end. We will fight on.”

The ruling is expected at 10am.

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