Council clarifies library plans

K&C wants to ensure that anyone saddened or angry to see the old library on ladbroke Grove close, knows of the plans for the new facility. On the site of the old youth club on Lancaster Road the Council is investing in a new community centre, library and youth club. The old building will be leased to Notting Hill Prep School at a price above the market rate for 25 years. The council indicates that the old building needs too much money invested in it to bring it in-line with current regulations and is also Grade 11 listed which makes it difficult to alter. North Kensington will at no time be without a library as the new one will open before the old one closes. Campaigners, who are lobbying to keep the old library open, are also concerned about the building going into the hands of a private institution arguing that as it was built with public money for the local comuunity it should be kept as a facility for all as an artspace, teaching space or library. While campaigners remain adamant that the loss of this historic building to the community is shameful, the council is confident that it will be providing a much better and efficient service to a community which clearly uses and values its library. libraries

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