£5 donations needed for library legal action

Tara Brady of Wembley Observer reports…

CAMPAIGNERS are asking generous members of the public to donate just £5 to help fund legal action against Brent Council over its decision to close six libraries.

A new umbrella group, called Brent SOS Libraries, has been set up to represent all six reading rooms which will shut its doors for good this year.

The determined campaigners say they need at least £30,000 to take their case to the High Court for a judicial review.

They believe the council did not consider alternatives to closing the libraries, that it did not assess community needs or the impact, made mistakes about facts it presented to the public, misunderstood its legal duty to provide a library service and acted unfairly and therefore unlawfully.

 Without the financial support of the community the case cannot be taken forward.

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