Kensal Rise and Cricklewood Library owner claims book lending service could be run from the sites

PUBLISHED: 16:38 26 October 2012 | UPDATED: 16:41 26 October 2012

Cricklewood Library

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All Souls College in Oxford denies plans to sell buildings to developers are final

The owners of Kensal Rise and Cricklewood Libraries have insisted they are not preventing a library service running from the two buildings.

Earlier today the Times reported that All Souls College in Oxford, had agreed to sell the two buildings in Bathurst Gardens and Olive Road to developers, who would turn them into flats.

However, a spokesman for the college denied a final deal had been secured but insisted their proposals could benefit both parties as they had earmarked a space for a libraries.

He said: “We are entering into discussions with a developer.

“The buildings will only be sold if developers agree a library could be run on the site.”

However both the Friends of Kensal Rise and Cricklewood Libraries were not allocated the full space they had proposed.

Margaret Bailey, from the FOKR campaign said: “Disappointingly and surprisingly the college has gone for a developer who wants to develop the building by putting in flats and would be willing to offer a small space to us.

“We will meet with this developer next week to see if there is any room for negotiation.

“Once we know what is on offer we will be having a public meeting to share these details and find out how to proceed”

The spokesman for All Souls added: “We congratulated both community groups on their efforts first and foremost.

“This could benefit both parties enormously, as library services will continue in that area.

“This campaign has been about Library services right from the beginning and we have offered both groups a space within the buildings.

“What we have offered is the exact blueprint that they asked for in terms of a library service.”

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