This is a real lifeline, unlike the one Robert Rams pretended to throw the library campaigners when he asked them to work up a community proposal to keep the library open - he summarily dismissed their proposal.
Let's keep up the pressure!
Mrs Angry has a report of the scrutiny committee meeting. The Save Friern Barnet Library campaign's announcement is below:
I am delighted to be able to report that at last night's Business Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Committee members voted to send the report back to Cabinet for further consideration, with the recommendation that the Cabinet keep Friern Barnet Library open until such time as comparable facilities are available at the Arts Depot. The decision by Committee members was unanimous.
Thank you to everyone who came along to show support last night - we were certainly heard! Thank you as well to everyone who submitted questions and emailed Councillors. These emails really did make a difference as several members of the Committee commented on the amount of correspondence that they had received from concerned residents and assured us that our concerns had been noted. I'd also like to thank our three ward Councillors, Cllr Kate Salinger, Cllr Barry Rawlings and Cllr Pauline Coakley-Webb, who have supported us thoughout the campaign and helped to make last night's decision possible.
It should be noted that the Scrutiny Commitee have sent the report back to Cabinet with a strong recommendation, however, Cabinet do not have to follow this recommendation. The Cabinet will meet on 4 April, at which these issues will be discussed. Cllr Robert Rams, after much persuasion, has agreed that Friern Barnet Library will not shut before the meeting on 4 April.
It is important that we keep up the pressure and continue to show the Council how much our library means to the community.
Finally a massive thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign.
Chair, Save Friern Barnet Library Group
Facebook: Save Our Friern Barnet Library