Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Friern Barnet residents submit plan to save their library

The Save Friern Barnet Library campaign have submitted proposals to Barnet council which, they hope, will persuade the council not to close the library.

The council wants to close this and North Finchley library and run a service from the Arts Depot instead, but they have agreed nothing yet with the arts centre. Residents using Friern Barnet and North Finchley libraries face the prospect of their libraries closing soon with no alternative in place.

At the Cabinet meeting in July the council bought themselves some time by inviting residents to come up with ideas that would keep their libraries open but make it more attractive for the council to keep funding them!

Campaigners at Friern Barnet have come up with what sound from this Times series report like very good ideas. Of course, it is outrageous that the council should try to close the libraries. But they must at least give these proposals put together by - busy - residents proper consideration.

Friern Barnet library campaigners were due at the Barnet Alliance meeting tonight to give us the lowdown. But I couldn't go to the meeting and will have to rely on the minutes and other reports to get a sense of what is going on. I'll let you know what I find out.

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