High Court ruling on Brent libaries delayed until October

13:51 09 August 2011

Brent Council

Brent Council's plans to axe six libraries is being challenged in the High Court this week

Archant

Case due to heard on Friday has been deferred

A ruling by the High Court on whether Brent Council should shut six libraries will not be made until October.

It had been thought the verdict of a judicial review challenging the council’s decision to close half of the borough’s reading rooms may have been passed at the Royal Courts of Justice this Friday.

The landmark case could set a precedent for other libraries earmarked to close by local authorities across the country.

Since November last year, campaigners have been fighting to save Preston, Barham Park, Tokyngton, Kensal Rise, Cricklewood and Neasden.

Margaret Bailey, who is one of the claimants who brought the case to the High Court, said: “Most campaigners would say this has been a valuable lesson in local democracy, or the lack of it. It is astonishing that a Labour council, which represents a party that historically has always supported the provision of free local libraries, should so blatantly disregard the wishes of communities, communities who for the most have put that council in power.”

Despite 82 per cent of respondents voting against the library closures, the council went ahead with its controversial plans.

An umbrella group, called Brent SOS Libraries, was set up to represents all six of the reading rooms.

Campaigners have argued that children in Brent will be the worst affected if the libraries close.

They also say closures could lead to indirect discrimination against ethnic groups, the elderly and disabled.

If the High Court rules in favour of the council, it is not yet known when the libraries will close.

Ms Bailey added: “.

“Brent’s arrogance and disregard will not be forgotten.”

The controversial plans will save the council £1 million over two years.

Councillor Ann John (Labour) OBE, leader of the council, said: “The delay to the decision means uncertainty for members of staff. It is painful for them. This is a landmark case and the judge has to get it right. We will just have to be patient.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London Education News

Islington Council denies school pork ban

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Banned: Pork products are off the menu at primary schools

The town hall has made an apparent U-turn on its decision not to serve pork in primary schools.

Haydn Evans

An award-winning secondary school in London’s East End is going into special measures over concerns about its sixth-form Islamic society’s possible links to radical preachers.

Students from across the country take part in a march through the capital to protest against tuition fees, debt and spending cuts (Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

Thousands of students from across the country descended on central London to plead with politicians to scrap tuition fees and wipe debts - but the protest was marred by a minority who attacked officers and caused damage to buildings.

London
Actress Barbara Windsor. Picture: PA Images/Anwar Hussein

Much-loved Barbara Windsor—star of Carry On films and TV’s EastEnders—is being awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East London.

Girls celebrate while opening their GCSE results at Stoke Newington school  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

London’s children do better at GCSEs than the rest of the country because more of them come from ethnic minorities, according to research.

United Kingdom
Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh in discussion with the Prime Minister (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Child poverty has become such a problem in the capital that many parents go without food to feed their children, and some turn to desperate measures.

United Kingdom

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

And hopefully, you’ll soon forget about the outfit that has caused more debate than poverty and world peace.

Read more

White and gold? Blue and black? Blue and gold? Everyone is losing their minds.

Read more

The Problem singer claimed she could have been killed by a malfunctioning lift during the first show of her new tour.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

The price tag for university could be coming down if Labour wins the general election, but at what cost?

He was born to be King, but the Duke of Cambridge revealed his dream to go into space on the second day of his Japanese tour.

It’s not quite “there’s an app for that”, but it’s not far off.

Quirky London