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Brent Council Leader must meet with local residents over library plans – Teather

August 6, 2012 11:02 AM
Sarah Teather MP outside the Old Library building

Sarah Teather MP outside the Old Library building

Brent Central MP Sarah Teather has written to the Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, urging him to meet with local residents to discuss plans to redevelop Willesden Green library.

The local MP was contacted by members of Keep Willesden Green, a community group made up of people who live and work in Willesden Green, after two requests for a meeting had not been responded to. This is despite Cllr Butt saying that he wanted to make the decision making process more open and transparent and to develop a new approach between the Council and local residents.

Brent Council's Planning Committee was due to decide on the original application at a meeting last month. However, the application - which involved knocking down the locally listed Old Library building - was withdrawn after more than 200 local residents opposed the plans.

Following the withdrawal of the plans, the Council's chosen developers announced that they would be consulting further over the summer. This will include an open day to provide an update on the plans to be held at Willesden Green Library on Wednesday 8 August, between 11am and 8pm.

Commenting, Lib Dem MP Teather said:

"When the new Leader of the Council took up his position, he said he wanted to develop a new relationship between the Council and local residents. Yet his refusal to even respond to meeting requests questions how serious a commitment this was.

"Labour-run Brent Council have already spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on a planning application that was so flawed it had to be withdrawn. It is now vitally important that the Council and the developers work with local residents to make sure that Willesden has a library that meets the needs of the community."