Kensal Rise Library Reverts to All Souls

A press release from Brent Council announced today:

Cricklewood and Kensal Rise land reverts to All Souls College

On Tuesday, 10 April, Brent Council wrote to All Souls College, Oxford requesting the transfer documents to revert the land which formerly housed Cricklewood and Kensal Rise libraries.

The land at Cricklewood and Kensal Rise was given to the Council by All Souls College under the Literary and Scientific Institutions Act 1854. In both cases the land was used, in agreement with the Act, to provide libraries for residents.

With the closure of the two libraries as part of the Council's libraries transformation programme, the purpose for use has ceased and consequently All Souls College has asserted its legal right and requested that the land is returned.

Although the libraries were closed in October 2011 there has been a delay in the land reverting back to All Souls College to allow for litigation to be considered by the courts. With litigation complete there is now no obstacle to the land reverting to All Souls College.

There was some confusion as those looking to keep the library as a reading room were under the impression that All Souls was supporting their business plan. In fact the Executive Member response, Cllr James Powney, has made clear that:

"The All Souls College solicitor has been writing demanding the building back since 8 Feb 2012. They know that this is incompatible with the FKRL plans, but seem to have ignored this in their communications"

I am following up with meetings with various council and community members to see how we can proceed from here.


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