Brent Council urged to acknowledge old Willesden Green Library building

PUBLISHED: 11:47 30 July 2012 | UPDATED: 13:17 30 July 2012

Campaigners outside Willesden Green Library 10.03.12. Pictured front Gill Wood with petition.

Campaigners outside Willesden Green Library 10.03.12. Pictured front Gill Wood with petition.


Building, which dates back to 1894, has been threatened with demolition

A campaigner is calling for Brent Council to acknowledge the importance of a Victorian building in Willesden Green which is celebrated on a poster at a nearby bank.

Eagle-eyed Martin Redston, from community group Keep Willesden Green, saw the poster hanging in the Willesden Green Lloyds TSB branch, featuring an image of the old Willesden Green Library building.

The building, which dates back to 1894 and stands in Willesden High Road, has been threatened with demolition after developer Galliford Try submitted a planning application to Brent Council to knock it down.

Galliford Try was forced to pull the application last month after thousands of people campaigned against it.

Mr Redstone said: “As you can see from the flyer published by Lloyds Bank, local businesses recognise that there are iconic images that identify Brent.

“These include Wembley Stadium, Harlesden Clock Tower and Willesden Green Library.

“Brent Council needs to cherish our heritage.

“We are still waiting for the leader of the council, Councillor Butt, to set up a meeting with the local community so that we can discuss our concerns.”

The original application included knocking down the current Willesden Green Library building, demolishing the 1894 building next door and building 88 new flats on the library car park.

Campaigners want to sit down to discuss future plans with Brent Council and Galliford Try.

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