The plans for the redevelopment of Willesden Green Library Centre will be on display at a special exhibition. The two-day public exhibition of proposals will be open from 2pm to 7.30pm on Friday 9 March and then from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 10 March.
Martin Francis and other Greens have set up a campaign to attempt to try to block the scheme. They decided to do this before they could have known what the detailed proposals were. The exhibition will be an opportunity for everyone to actually see the proposals before making their minds up. Incidentally, the campaign has suggested that the proposals have not been public knowledge. In fact, one of its leading lights reported that meeting that voted through the feasibility study last year, was extremely well attended.
On the comments, my expectation back in January was that the economy would continue to decline, and property prices fall alongside it. Since the whole scheme is paid for by house sales, that suggested that it would become much more difficult for the numbers to add up. Although the economy is doing badly, property prices in London continue to hold up. Therefore it has been possible to put together a scheme that doesn't require capital from the Council.
On the current Library, it has been run down and has a number of design faults, perhaps put in as an effort to preserve a remant of the old building in front. More forgivably, it has poor environmental standards because
people just didn't think about the environment much in the 1980s.