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Proposals make grim reading

October 31, 2015 7:57 PM
By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

Councillor Jack CohenBarnet's Conservative-run council has unveiled proposals for the future of the borough libraries. It makes for grim reading.

It is true no library will close but the reality is many will be shrunk to shadows of their former selves.

Take my own local library in Childs Hill. The plan is to reduce the opening hours to 15 hours a week. It is currently open five days a week. This means it will be open just three hours a day.

The council will be consulting again, but I doubt the feedback will be any different to the first time around when residents gave an overwhelming thumbs-down.

Just before the announcement, the council came up with shock plans to sell off Cricklewood Green. The rationale was the green attracted too many "undesirables".

What nonsense. Ironically, at the same time the Cricklewood Festival was attracting thousands of visitors celebrating all that is good in Cricklewood.

Barnet withdrew the plans almost as suddenly as they appeared. Good news for the people of Cricklewood.

For my part, I do not trust the Conservatives with our open spaces and neither I suspect do local residents, so do not be surprised if this is only a short reprieve.