Jun 07 2015

Harrow Labour’s “smoke and mirrors” Library Policy

conservative_logoDear Editor,

Last week’s Harrow Times reported the shameful and disappointing news that Harrow’s Labour-run Council rejected a community bid to run Bob Lawrence Library in Edgware – meaning it will close in June, along with libraries in North Harrow, Hatch End and Rayners Lane.

At the same time, the Council promised a supposedly ‘new’ library in the town centre. But anyone thinking this all seemed a bit convenient would be right to be sceptical.

In fact, this ‘new’ library would actually be part of the controversial 19-storey development at 51 College Road. Planning permission for this has not yet even been considered, and faces mounting concern from residents across Harrow.

But even if it did go ahead, this would not be a ‘new’ library at all. According to the developers, it would be a replacement for Gayton Library. So in reality, it would depend on a fifth library being closed in Harrow.

Closing four libraries – and showing contempt for their campaigners – was bad enough. Covering it up with false promises is even worse. Sadly this is just the smoke-and-mirrors approach we have come to expect from Labour in Harrow.


Cllr. Stephen Greek
Conservative Planning Spokesman
Harrow Council

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  1. Phillip

    Worse news than that! I have heard a whisper from a councillor that the eventual plan is to close all branch libraries and just have 1 central library in Harrow.

  2. jack welny

    I went to the house of commons to hear about Harrow libraries to no avail because of the inception o commons staff. I arrived at 3.30pm after going through tight security. I asked staff where the meeting was and was told to wait to near 4pm. I was then told they did not know where the meeting was. I was told to go to reception. They told me to go to a room through police security. I became a missing person and the police came looking for me and took me to the correct room. As I was in the room Sr a minute I saw Gareth Thomas running on of the room as if there was a fire and needed to get out quick. After this Bob Blsckman told me he was writing to J why timbale to have the closures called in while the member of parliament for harrow West who is well known for standing outside buildings put in a request for funds.The miss management of Harrow council funds ie I pads I am holding my breath for a miracle to happen.Bu unfortunately libraries will close Saturday.

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