Monday, 10 December 2012

Flourishing of 'big society' in Barnet raises major legal questions for councils

"The lawyer acting for a group of local activists who re-opened Friern Barnet Library explains the landmark case"

Link to The Guardian

"A quiet but pervasive sense of change has been brewing in the heart of an idyllic part of outer north London known as Friern Barnet. That heart is its library, which was closed by the local authority in April. It is to be marketed in December after possession proceedings which are scheduled to be heard just before Christmas.

"The response to the library's closure was vigorous local protest. Consultation exercises revealed widespread opposition to the decisions, petitions were circulated and signed, and there were demonstrations and readings by renowned authors in protest."

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