Council ‘pays £70,000 a year’ for an EMPTY Neasden library

Closed to cut costs, Neasden library is costing £70,000 just to remain closed. So not such a great money saving idea after all?

Miranda Bryant writes in the Evening Standard.

Neasden Library with shutters down

Neasden library, one of six to be axed by Labour-run Brent, was closed four months ago. However, Liberal Democrats on the council claim it is locked into leasing the building until at least 2022, for £55,000 a year, as it recently renewed the lease. Business rates and maintenance charges take the annual cost of the building to more than £70,000, they said.