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LEGAL CHALLENGE TO CAMDEN'S LIBRARY CLOSURE PLANS

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A number of celebrity arts figures, including the broadcaster Joan Bakewell and the actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, are to ...
A number of celebrity arts figures, including the broadcaster Joan Bakewell and the actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, are to mount a legal challenge to Camden LBC's decision to close three of its 13 libraries.

A formal complaint will be delivered to Chris Smith, the culture secretary, on Thursday and the campaigners, led by Plug, the Camden Public Libraries Users Group, hope that it will force an inquiry into the closures, which are scheduled to take place this year.

The council says the libraries are under-used and the cost of issuing books it far higher than elsewhere in the capital. It has promised to extend opening hours at the remaining libraries.

But the campaigners say the decision has been made without sufficient public consultation.

They claim that the plan to close the libraries contravenes the 1964 Libraries and Museums Act which states councils must provide an efficient and comprehensive library service.
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