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To: Harrow Council



Stop the closure of our indispensable local Bob Lawrence library.

Why is this important?

The closure of this FREE facility will impact all of us!

CHILDREN will miss out on exploring & enjoying the wide range of books. This will impact their reading & educational development. This great place to study, do homework and look up references will no longer be available.

ADULTS will have to spend money to buy books & magazines. We will be reluctantly to start new hobbies, acquire new work skills, enjoy fiction stories & stay abreast of current affairs.

ELDERLY will no longer have this warm meeting place for conversation and companionship or access to newspapers, Gujarati/ Hindi literature, audio books & large print books.

SHOP traders will be impacted by the reduction in public visiting the Mollison Way shopping parade.

ALL of us will not have access to the ICT facilities. Remember many people cannot effort their own computer & rely on the library facilities.

What can you do to keep the library open?

- Sign this petition - on paper or online.
- Join the library & use it more frequently
- Get your neighbors & friends to sign the petition.
- Write to your local Harrow Councillor & MP.
- Lodge your views on-line on the Harrow Council website

Take action now - before it is too late. The Harrow consultation ends on 19th January.

8 North Parade, Mollison Way, Edgware, HA8 5QH

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Reasons for signing

  • Libraries provide a key social function in supporting local communities and forging stronger ties in the community. They help empower individuals.
  • Bob Lawrence is our local library, we use it to get books for the kids homework as well as reading books. It is a fantastic library and our local one.
  • I'm regularly using library for my study and using internet.


2015-03-12 17:45:51 +0000

This is a final plea for support. The library will close its doors on 16th May 2015 based on the document shared by Harrow Council -

We are formalizing Friends of Bob Lawrence Library and need all the support we can get. If you are happy to support by volunteering your time, area of specialization or any other means of supporting our cause, we are all ears.

Please contact us at [email protected]

Best Regards

BLL Campaign Team

2015-02-27 17:22:57 +0000

Now, more than ever, we need OUR voices heard! We need to make a stand. We need to save our library. We cannot sit back and let the Harrow Labour Council bully us into closing library services. If you want to save the library, please come forward and contact friend of Bob Lawrence Library [[email protected]]. We need people on the ground, we need people willing to stand up for our community rights. We need people who are willing to try and make a difference.

2015-02-05 19:02:55 +0000

We are organizing a press conference next Wednesday, 11th February. It would be great if you can be there.

We will be presenting our proposed plans for the library with the intention of increasing usage, space efficiency and potential revenue generating opportunities.

Details are as follows:

Place: Flash Musical Youth Theatre, Methuen Road, Edgware Middlesex, HA8 6EZ
Time: 5:30 pm

We hope you will be able to joi

2015-01-20 12:05:01 +0000

Communications from Harrow Council FYI:
On behalf of the Cabinet -

This is a formal acknowledgment of receipt of the following petitions presented to Cabinet on 15 January 2015.

(1) Save the Bob Lawrence Library – presented by Anuj Chitroda
(2) Save Bob Lawrence Library – Safe Learning Zone - Angela Hook presented an ‘Open Letter’
(3) Bob Lawrence Library – Petition Against Closure – presented by Nikhil Deb

The decision made by Cabinet is set out on the Council’s website by following the link below:

Please note that in relation to the decision of Cabinet, the Council will be in touch in due course.

2015-01-13 11:04:47 +0000

We have gathered almost 4,500. We need another 500 supporters before we submit our petition to Harrow Council on the 15th January. Please can you speak to your family, friends & colleagues for this final push.

2014-12-22 14:44:27 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-12-22 11:11:26 +0000

We have made good progress.
Collectively we have now 1000+ supporters. But we need a target of 2,500!

We need your help to gather more support to stop the closure of this great library.

2014-12-18 13:50:02 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-12-16 17:59:02 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-12-16 12:18:23 +0000

10 signatures reached