From The Telegraph:
Residents of Brent, backed by some of Britain’s biggest authors, sought a judicial review after their local council announced plans to shut half of the borough’s 12 public libraries in April.
John Halford, the solicitor at Bindmans who acted for the Brent Libraries SOS campaign, said that the judgment has ‘very troubling implications’ for library closure decisions nationally
Locals argued that the decision to close the libraries was flawed. However in what was being viewed as a test case for closures across the UK, Mr Justice Ouseley ruled that Brent Council’s decision was lawful.
In his ruling, Mr Justice Ouseley said that there is no legal requirement that all residents of an urban area should have access to a library within a certain distance of their homes. He said that the Government’s Public Library Service Standards, which contained non-binding guidance about how many libraries urban areas should have, were withdrawn in 2008.
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