Brent SOS response to today’s verdict
Our legal team presented compelling evidence of damage to communities from Brent Council’s library closures, so we are disappointed that the appeal judges have not found in our favour.
Closing half of our libraries has had a devastating effect on the most vulnerable members of our community, among them children and families, the elderly, the disabled and those unemployed or on low incomes.
Brent has always had the means to keep these libraries open, it just lacks the will. The overwhelming strength of public feeling over the last year shows that communities need, want and will support local libraries.
Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt has so far held back pending the outcome of this test case. The thousands of letters and petitions he has received demonstrate that Brent is neglecting its duties under the Libraries and Museums Act, and he must now call hold a public inquiry into the actions of this council.
Brent SOS Libraries campaign will also present evidence to the select committee that clearly demonstrates Brent’s failures.
Posted on December 19, 2011, in Legal Update and tagged brent, campaign, community, education, libraries, library, preston, preston library, save preston library, savelibraries, ukuncut. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off.