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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Brent High Court challenge lost (UK)

From the Public Libraries News website: Sadly, the decision has been made that the closing of half of the libraries in the borough of Brent does not contravene the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act. This is a dark day for the campaigners there who have worked so hard to raise money for the action and for putting the case together. It is also a depressing one for those who think that the decision in one council case will naturally mean that all other challenges will be lost. However, this is not the case, each one should be heard on its own merits. For the people of Brent, it is now up to the people that should have been involved all along - Jeremy Hunt, Ed Vaizey and the DCMS - to step in and do their job. Otherwise, one wonders why they even pretend to represent the interests of library users when they apparently just sit back and allow half of the library provision in a borough to close without lifting a finger to demur

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