Save North Kensington Library
26 April 2016
We have joined with local groups protesting the planned relocation of North Kensington library from the site it has occupied for 125 years. You can sign the petition against the plans here.
Kensington and Chelsea Council admits that North Kensington library "was undoubtedly one of London’s finest public libraries” when it opened in 1891. Yet the Royal Borough wants to rent the listed Ladbroke Grove building to a private school, Notting Hill Prep School, and move the library to a side-street in a premises shared with a youth club and rooftop football pitch.
Jennifer Nadel, our candidate for West Central in next month’s GLA elections, co-organised a protest at the council’s plans attended by angry local residents. “RBKC are asset stripping this community of all its public spaces,” Jennifer says. “They know the financial value of everything and the real value of nothing.”
North Kensington library was built by public donation as part of the free library movement. It was gifted to the council. Rather than modernise the building for 21st-century use, it intends to transfer a space created to provide education opportunities for ordinary people to an elite fee-paying school.
“The mindset is grotesque,” Jennifer says. “RBKC are not fit custodians of the public spaces that previous generations fought to open up for us.”
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