Cllr Chris Leaman writes

“The rumour and subsequent petition started after a report which recommended library closures was released into the public domain. This report was based on a strategy to libraries that was agreed under the previous Labour administration.

The current executive have rejected this plan and asked for a new strategy to be written. I understand that the new strategy will not recommend library closures. The new draft library strategy should be published in the next few weeks.”

And Sue McKenzie, Head of Libraries, Arts and Heritage for Brent Council adds:

“The rumours are unfounded. We have no plans to close Cricklewood Library. It is unfortunate that the petition is being circulated as it adds credibility to the rumour. “

I’ll certainly be correcting the local rumour mill and be asking the local store to withdraw the petition.