Sale of Kensal Rise Library to property developer is finalised by All Souls College

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The deeds to the closed Kensal Rise library have officially been handed over to a property developer.

A spokesman for All Souls College (ASC), who owned the building in Bathurst Gardens, officially confirmed that it has been sold to Platinum Revolver Limited (PRL) for an undisclosed sum.

The popular pop up library, which many considered to be the hub of the community was, destroyed in the early hours of the morning last Friday, under ASC orders.

Andrew Gillick, director of PRL, had told the Times the structure was an ‘eyesore’ and if Brent Council didn’t dismantle it he would take ‘direct action’.

An ASC spokesman said: “We waited till the last possible moment until we were legally obligated to vacate the property.”

“This was these actions were taken so that the building could be sold to a developer.”

The intention remains thata new space offering library services to the local community can be created within the building.

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The makeshift library was erected by campaigners after the library was closed alongside five other branches to save the council £1million.

Cricklewood, Neasden, Preston, Barham and Tokyngton were also axed.