May 16 2012 By Jessica Thompson
MORE than 50 people are gathered outside Kensal Rise Library as council workers clear the building of books.
The crowd gathered outside Kensal Rise Library this morning, and are still watching the team of council staff strip the closed library. The staff are being supported by security guards.
Campaigners are standing arm-in-arm outside the building in an attempt to stop the process and express their discontent at the latest move.
They have been pushing the council to allow the library to be run as a community facility, but no agreement has been successfully reached.
Campaigner Margaret Bailey said: "The best way to describe this is unpleasant. It is disappointing for us to watch. It is a very provocative act, and we have asked the (soon to be) new council leader Cllr Butt to intervene but he isn't here. He has sent us a message saying that can't officially do anything until he becomes leader tonight at the meeting.
"People are very angry right now. I don't know how long we will be here, but we will wait until tonight's meeting if we have to."
Fellow campaigner Phil O'shea said: "Brent council workers, some wearing face-masks... and led by the head of libraries Sue McKenzie are packing up the books in Kensal Rise Library. When residents arrived, the library team stuck cardboard over the windows so they couldn't be seen.
"Brent residents are blocking the library doors. Police are present."
A spokesman for the council said: "The building has reverted to all Souls College. We are removing council property so that All Souls can take vacant possession and decide what they want to do with the building.
“The books and other materials will be sorted and distributed amongst the council's other libraries.”