Lib Dems commit to library re-opening

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Lib Dems commit to library re-opening

Two years on from Labour’s library closures Liberal Democrat councillors will tonight (Monday 9 September) urge Brent Council to commit itself to re-open its closed libraries.

In a motion due to be debated and voted on at tonight’s full council meeting the Liberal Democrats demand the restoration of community libraries to serve residents in the areas left without a service after Labour shut half of the borough’s libraries.

Cllr Barry Cheese (Brondesbury Park), who will propose the motion, will say:

“Local people have not forgotten Labour riding roughshod over the wishes of local people. They haven’t forgotten how Labour boarded up the libraries and the shameful 2am raid on Kensal Rise library to remove our books and computers.

“As a result of Labour’s library closures book borrowing dropped. Thousands of local residents lost places that had a real sense of community – whether used for work, study or leisure. The latest performance report shows the council is missing its targets for library visits and active library users.

“We need to support our library campaigners and volunteers and back the re-opening of local community libraries now.”

Councillor Paul Lorber, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said:

“It is clear that Brent’s library closures are going to be a big issue in the run-up to next May’s local election. The Liberal Democrats have consistently fought the library closures. We are determined to see local community libraries re-opened.”