Six libraries in Brent closed for good today following High Court ruling

Axe falls on half the borough’s branches immediately

The six library branches in Brent that campaigners fought vehemently to save have closed for good today (Thursday).

All libraries in the borough were closed today to allow staff to be briefed once the High Court ruling into the closure plans was announced.

But, following Mr Justice Ouseley decision to dismiss a judicial review launched by campaigners challenging the proposals Brent Council revealed that Barham Park, Cricklewood, Kensal Rise, Neasden, Preston and Tokyngton library will never open their doors again.

Fiona Ledden, Brent Council’s director of legal services, said: “Following the decision from the High Court the six libraries in question will not open again.”

The revelation is a bitter blow for the crusaders who have been battling to save the branches and have been refused permission to appeal the ruling.

However, they plan to lodge an application at the Court of Appeal against the judge’s refusal.

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The unexpected instant closure of branches has also resulted in six members of staff losing their job.

Cllr Ann John OBE, leader of Brent Council, said the effected staff members had taken voluntary redundancy and the closures will be balanced by increased weekend opening times at the remaining branches.

She added: “We have been propelled into this decision and we have no other option, the government has effectively forced us into the decision with the need to save �1m.”