Feb 21 2012 By Jessica Thompson
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save 50 per cent of Brent's libraries have learned that the secretary of state will not investigate the closures.
Brent SOS (Save our Six) has announced today that Jeremy Hunt has refused to look into the council's closure of six treasured libraries, despite receiving more than 10,000 submissions from the public.
Campaigners have been given 14 days to reply, and have vowed to do so.
The news comes as Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey prepares to give evidence to the second day of the Commons Select Committee inquiry into national library closures later today.
A Brent SOS spokesman said: "The DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) has said it believes Brent's current and reduced library service to be "comprehensive" and "efficient" according to the Libraries and Museums Act 1964."
"Campaigners are disappointed with the attitude of the Conservative minister towards taxpayers and vulnerable groups who are being denied a library service under ill thought out and unproven plans to improve services by cutting them."
"Brent SOS Libraries will respond to the DCMS shortly, on the grounds that library services are now no longer to the very people who used and valued it. With the largest library Willesden Green set to be bulldozed this year in a separate plan, a comprehensive and accessible Brent library service is looking increasingly like a thing of the past."
- A feature examining the campaign and public reaction to local library closures will be published in this week's Harrow Observer.