ePetition details

Keep Preston Library Open

We the undersigned petition the council to keep Preston Library open and give full consideration to alternatives to the removal of essential local library services to the Preston ward under the Brent "Library Transformation Project". We oppose the sale or redevelopment of the site that does not include a Brent public library.

We oppose the closure of Preston Library, a cost-efficient local service that is well used by all the local community.

It provides essential facilities for some of our community, particularly senior citizens and those with limited mobility, schoolchildren, and the unemployed and others who may not have access to a computer.

Preston Library service is more accessible and meets the needs of a greater number of local people than would a multimillion-pound mega-library at Wembley Stadium, to which many users would find it difficult to travel.

We demand that Brent Council give adequate time and due consideration to alternatives plans to the closure of Preston Library, including the revision of proposals for the library at the Civic Centre.

We also oppose the sale or disposal of the Preston Library site for any redevelopment that does not include a public library for the use of local citizens.

This ePetition ran from 02/02/2011 to 02/05/2011 and has now finished.

421 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

The Council's Executive considered this petition on 11 July 2011 and resolved:
i) that agreement be given to a transformed library service to residents as set out at paragraph 4 of the report from the Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services, which contains detailed service proposals for:
• Library Service Objectives
• Services
• Stock
• Buildings
• Online and digital services
• Support for children, young people and families
• Support for learners
• Support for older people and people who find it difficult to access library services
• Services for people with disabilities
• Staff
• Customer and Community Engagement
• Partners and partnership working
• The cultural offer
(ii) that agreement be given to the continuation of the successful shared service approach and the further development of proposals to share functions with partners, including other London boroughs, as described in para 5.6 and Appendix 1 of the Director’s report;
(iii) that the following libraries be closed:
Barham Park
Kensal Rise
(iv) that Property and Asset Management undertake a detailed options appraisal on each of the six buildings being vacated by the Library Service with a further report to this Executive by the end of July 2011 and prior to any final decisions being made about possible disposals or changes of use;
(v) that a report be submitted in one year’s time reporting on the progress of implementing the Project.

These decisions are the subject of ongoing legal proceedings.