I canâ€™t make the Northolt Leisure Centre Library meeting tonight as I am stuck at home on baby sitting duty tonight.
When I went to the first library consultation meeting in Perivale a couple of weeks ago council leader Julian Bell said something about the Northolt Leisure Centre library that made my ears prick up:
There is the opportunity to provide something else that will generate more income on that site.
Last week in the Gazette there was a letter from one of the Labour councillors for Northolt Mandeville, Chris Summers, asking for an open debate on libraries and that we think creatively. In his letter though it sounds like he has already given up on his own wardâ€™s library:
But I accept that cuts have to be made and I can see why it makes sense to close the leisure centre library, when there is an excellent alternative less than a mile up the road, on the other side of the Target roundabout.
This sounds like a bit of a â€œlet them eat cakeâ€ argument to me. He goes on to say:
If the leisure centre library does close, I see it is an opportunity to use that space for an alternative purpose and hope local people will let me and my fellow councillors know what they want there â€“ a childrenâ€™s soft play area? An internet cafe and study area (perhaps with a mini-library)? A bar and restaurant?
It sounds like the Labour politicians have already made their minds up.