Library to be replaced with new one?

imgres-3Plans are afoot to close the North Kensington Library on Ladbroke Grove and replace it with a modern one nearby. The council must have read the recent survey by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport which found people who go to the library (and those who dance and swim) are much happier than those who go to the gym. If plans go ahead, a new library would be built on a plot next to the Isaac Newton Centre. A council spokesman says: “There are no plans to close North Kensington Library but the council is looking at the possibility of developing a new library near the existing one which will offer a wider range of services and be more accessible to people with disabilities.” The current library is on three floors and the new one will be built with easier access for wheelchairs. Locals who are collecting signatures for their petition are worried about the loss off the library they currently use which will be handed over for commercial use, rumours are it will be used by a private school. Supporters of the original North Kensington Library say: “What concerns us is that property speculators and a council supposed to protect the public interest threaten this historic, popular, well-used public library.”  To keep abreast of library news you can register here …


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