In the latest addition of Private Eye number 1297, our good friends at the private eye have kindly reminded us how Barnet Council thought building a libary at the Art's depot was perhaps, following the advice of a consultation, too costly.
You can read an extract here:
When plans to terminate the lease on Hampstead Garden Suburb library and move the books to nearby adult education college the Institute were approved by Barnet Council last month, no one at the Institute had actually agreed to take on the library.
Chief executive Joy Solomon told the local paper, the Ham & High, the idea had been raised but never settled and that the Institute had since concluded that making space for the library wasn’t a “satisfactory solution”.
Barnet’s gung-ho approach to shoving its libraries into other people’s buildings, whether they want them or not, must also call into question plans approved in July to close North Finchley and Friern Barnet libraries. They justified the move with plans to open a new library in Artsdepot, an arts centre and theatre atop the local bus station. While Barnet claims Artsdepot (which gets only a small amount of funding from the council) is “positive about the extra footfall it will create”, when the centre was being built in 2002, a £100,000 consultancy report discussing whether to add a library concluded it would be too expensive.
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