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Library Clarification

September 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm / by

Here’s the letter I wrote in response to Councillor De Souza’s letter about Highgate library. It’s been published in the Camden New Journal this week:

Dear Editor

I am loath to, once again, write in about Highgate Library for fear of sounding like a broken record. However, it appears that Councillor De Souza has misunderstood the situation (Letters, September 1), and so for readers’ clarity I will endeavour to explain again.

Highgate Library is not closing. What is happening is that the mobile library books currently stored there will be removed and this will free up space at the back of the library. I will look to work with the local community to use this space effectively and generate revenue because we are, as everyone is aware, in financially constrained times. This will not change the fact that the council will continue to fund Highgate Library.

I have repeated this plan so often that most councillors could probably recite it from memory. Any councillor who was not aware of this obviously did not attend any of the (many) briefings and council meetings that took place.

Yours sincerely

Councillor Tulip Siddiq

Cabinet member for culture

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