Dec 12 2012 By Hannah Bewley
CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after a "clear message" has been sent to the public that a library building is for community use.
Brent Council has added the Kensal Rise library building in Bathurst Gardens to their local authority list of assets of community value.
The Friends of Kensal Rise library are pleased with the decision as it means All Souls College, Oxford, which owns the building, may have to reconsider a deal with a developer, which would have turned the valuable property into flats.
The community group had been offered a small space within any new development, but campaigners were wary about accepting this deal without exploring all options.
Margaret Bailey of the friends group said: "It is very nice to have a clear message from Brent Council that the whole building is of value to the community. We are very proud of ourselves, and this is the third year of the campaign now. This community has been very strong and supportive and this campaign wouldn't have lasted without them. Who knows what will happen next but for the moment we are quietly positive as Brent accepting the nomination is a bit of good news."
They will hold a public meeting before any decisions are made.
Community asset legistlation was brought in under the Localism Act 2011 and means the owner cannot dispose of it other than to a community interest group, without the community having six months to put together a bid to buy the asset.
Councillor Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said: "The new legislation gives communities the opportunity to come together and seek to protect land and buildings they consider to be of value for future generations. I have said since becoming Leader that it is important that communities have a voice in these issues. In this instance the criteria of the legislation was met so we have listed the Kensal Rise Building."
All Souls can appeal against the decision.
The college was contacted for a comment.