Councillor Maggie Carman is taking up this issue raised by residents with the Chief Librarian at the Council:
“I was disappointed to find that the lower ground floor of Paddington is still closed and the non-fiction books are still unavailable. The librarian at the desk told me that there’s no definite date for its return and that I should take it up with the council. Apparently, there is a problem with black mould, and an unwillingness for Westminster to meet the cost of removal.
It seems absurd that a Council that can, notoriously, spend £6 million on a hill, is unable to re-open its own libraries. The non-fiction section was well used, and the library is a valuable community centre. At present we have half a library.”
The Chief Librarian says:
“The basement is closed due to flood damage, and the libraries team are working hard with the facilities management team to identify some of the root causes and get them resolved. There is absolutely a commitment to opening the basement as soon as we can. A surveyor visited last week and their report is due on Friday. After that we will know more about timescales.”