June 19 2013 Latest news:
Max Walters, Reporter
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Helen Marcus writes to Fiona Ledden, the borough’s solicitor
A strongly-worded letter has been handed to Brent Council slamming the controversial plans for Willesden Green Library Centre.
Helen Marcus, of the Keep Willesden Green group, has penned a letter to Fiona Ledden, borough solicitor for Brent, calling for answers.
The letter outlines a series of grievances including a flawed consultation process and the council colluding with developers Galliford Try to make them look like the sole applicant.
The controversial plans would have seen the former library, built in 1984, demolished and 92 flats built.
The letter also highlights that the plans to demolish the original library building were in breach of four heritage protection polices.
It reads: “All attempts by residents including a public hustings meeting, various petitions containing well over 8,000 signatures, a formal scrutiny committee call-in and a meeting with the former leader of the council, to ask them to reconsider these plans or to be allowed to influence them, have been ignored or refused.”
Brent Council and Galliford Try have now withdrawn the planning application and are currently consulting on a new application, expected to be handed in later this year.