Friends of Barham Library say THANK YOU to Brent’s Planning Committee

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Friends of Barham Library say THANK YOU to Brent’s Planning Committee


Friends of Barham Library expressed their thanks to Councillors on the Planning Committee for giving them and other community activists a fair hearing when considering a planning application which would have ended community use status for the currently closed Barham Library building and other parts of the Barham Park complex which were donated for ‘public’ use by local benefactor Titus Barham over 75 years ago.


The Library which served local people for almost 60 years was closed by Labour Councillors on 13 October 2011.


Speaking on behalf of continuing planning status as a community facility for the closed library building were Phil Grant from Wembley History Society, Alton Bell from youth & community organisation called Pivot Point who already and run a Youth Club in Sudbury and local Councillor and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Leader Councillor Paul Lorber.


The only person who spoke in favour of the application was Labour Councillor Mary Daly as the other supporter of the proposal, Mr Andrew Gillick behind the controversial plans for Kensal Rise and Cricklewood Library buildings who was listed to speak did not bother to turn up.


Councillors at the planning committee were convinced by the impassioned case presented that the Sudbury Community needs continuing access to its most important local building and voted 6 votes to just 1 to REFUSE the application for change of use.


“We are grateful for the continuing support from the people of all nationalities & backgrounds living in the Sudbury area. We are now keen to build on the Planning Committee decision and make the case of bringing back into use the Barham buildings for the benefit of the whole community” says Liberal Democrat Councillor for Sudbury Paul Lorber who helps to run 2 volunteer libraries for Friends of Barham Library.


Friends of Barham Library will continue to operate their volunteer libraries at Sudbury Town Underground Station and at 428 High Road Wembley HA9 6AH (near Argos) and are urging for local people to visit and join in with their activities.


For more information about opening times email or visit their website on or join their facebook group and please join our library or your local library and read some books.