Tokyngton Library in Wembley is sold to religious organisation

Tokyngton Library which has been sold to the Islamic Cultural Association

Tokyngton Library which has been sold to the Islamic Cultural Association - Credit: Archant

The Islamic Cultural Association are the new owners of the building in Monks Park

A library in Wembley that was axed alongside five other branches by Brent Council has been sold to a religious organisation.

Tokyngton Library, in Monks Park, will be sold to the Islamic Cultural Association (ICA) following a meeting of Brent Council’s executive last night which rubber-stamped the sale.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of the council and one of three councillors for the Tokyngton ward, is a former trustee of the ICA but stepped down from the board when he became leader in May last year.

Prior to the item being discussed council he declared an interest and left the room.

Speaking at the meeting and about the sale Cllr Ruth Moher, deputy leader, said councillors were not involved in any decision making process about the sale of goods.

She said: “Councillors are not involved in the procurement process until it reaches the executive stage.”

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The finer details of the bid are confidential.

Tokyngton Library was one of six shut down by the council in October 2011.

The move to close it alongside readings rooms in Barham, Cricklewood, Kensal Rise, Neasden and Preston will save the local authority £1million.