Brent library campaigners get recognition for their efforts

The Brent Library protestors have some good news.

No, they haven’t been able to overturn the Council’s decision on the closure of the Brent’s six libraries, but they certainly have had their efforts recognised.

The protestors, who have been camping outside their libraries for months, have been listed as one of the “50 natives who did most to lift our mood in difficult times” in the Independent on Sunday’s IoS Great Britons 2011.

They are listed along the likes of broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington.

On the other hand, Brent Council, during its end-of-the-year achievement award, felicitated the Library Transformation Team involved in the borough’s Library Transformation Project. Six libraries—Barham Park, Cricklewood, Kensal Rise, Neasden, Preston and Tokyngton—have been closed in the borough of Brent.

Margaret Bailey, co-chair of the Brent SOS campaign working to save the libraries, said the award was “laughable.” [Listen to her interview about the campaign here]

“We will certainly remember the Libraries Transformation Team as the team of the year but not for the right reasons,” said Bailey who was quoted in the Kilburn Times.

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