Oct 24 2011 By Jessica Thompson
THE ARRIVAL of the half-term holiday has seen the six Brent libraries closed by the council missed more than ever.
As many children are starting a week off school today, campaigners have highlighted the huge gap that has been left behind by the closure of 50 per cent of the borough's treasured library buildings.
A freeze on stripping the libraries of stock or boarding them up was agreed last week in the interim before an appeal is heard into a decision to shut them forever. Campaigners Brent SOS are fighting hard to see the libraries open again for good.
One of the Brent SOS campaigners, Samantha Warrington, said of Preston Library today: "Preston Library users continue to have a presence outside the library day and night, to prevent the destruction of the library.
"In the meantime children in our community are suffering in particular in half-term week, as there have been no alternatives provided. So we can't even borrow books to keep our children occupied."
Thousands of people have been signing petitions and writing letters that will be delivered to the office of Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP on Thursday at 10am.
Residents and campaigners will be calling upon him to hold an inquiry into whether or not Brent Council is fulfilling its duty under the Libraries and Museums Act 1964 to provide a sufficient libraries service in the borough by closing the six libraries.
It is expected that the court of appeal hearing will take place on November 10.
Brent Council locked the doors of its Preston, Kensal Rise, Neasden, Tokyngton, Cricklewood and Barham sites on the morning of the High Court decision on Thursday October 13, and they remain shut.