MESsAGE TO LIBRARY MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE LIBRARY
We know there is local concern about the future of the library when the Carlton Avenue East site is redeveloped. We would like to reassure library users that:
there is an agreement with Brent Council that there will be a library in the new building when it reopens
we are currently working with Brent Council on a draft lease for the new library
Brent Council is working to secure alternative accommodation for the library during the development
We have been fighting to keep a library on the current site for over eight years and since 2015 have run a community library there, with a temporary licence from Brent, and with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers and fundraising events supported by local people.
In September 2016 Brent announced plans to redevelop the site, with housing and provision for a replacement library on the ground floor. We opposed this, because we wanted the site to remain solely as a library. However the Council resolved to go ahead with these proposals and now has a plan for twelve flats, plus a new library on the ground floor.
When it became clear that we could not stop this, we took a decision to do all we could to preserve a library on the site. For the last two and a half years we have worked closely with Brent on plans for the new library, and the Council supported our successful application for a grant to fit it out. We are currently negotiating a new lease with the Council, and we believe that the new development will provide a permanent and sustainable home for Preston Community Library on Carlton Avenue East. The Council has applied for planning permission and details are available on the Brent website.
We have been offered accommodation in Ashley Gardens as a temporary home whilst the site is being redeveloped. We looked into what other buildings might be available locally, but found nothing else suitable. We are currently negotiating a licence for the use of the Ashley Gardens building with Brent, and will not leave our current premises until suitable temporary premises have been secured.
Preston Community Library does NOT support the petition currently circulating which opposes the redevelopment, because the new development is the only way to ensure the continued existence of the library.