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Tokyngton Library site to be sold off

PUBLISHED: 20:00 09 February 2013

Tokyngton Library which has been sold to the Islamic Cultural Association

Tokyngton Library which has been sold to the Islamic Cultural Association

Jonathan Goldberg

Branch was closed by Brent Council in 2011

Tokyngton Library in Wembley is set to be sold to the Islamic Cultural Association.

A report due to go before the council’s executive later this month recommends the sale, although it has not yet been disclosed in what capacity it will be used or how much the council stands to make from the sale.

The news follows much speculation about the building’s future and who the council was planning to sell to.

Previously the building, in Monks Park, had security guards living inside it while its future was unresolved.

It led to some residents believing the site was occupied by squatters.

A spokesman for the council told the Times: “The officers’ report to executive recommends the sale of the site to the Islamic Cultural Association.

“The decision, as with all officers’ reports, is for the executive to make and it will be discussed at the executive meeting on February 11. The financial information is confidential and not in the public domain.”

The branch was one of six libraries closed by Brent Council in 2011 in a £1million cost cutting measure.

Cricklewood, Neasden, Kensal Rise, Preston and Barham libaries were also axed.

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