CAMPAIGNERS against a new library centre in Willesden Green expressed their disappointment that a 5,000 strong petition will not be debated by the council before the planning application is submitted.
The Keep Willesden Green campaign gathered a petition with thousands of signatures and handed it to the council on Monday March 12.
Campaigners requested that it was debated and considered by the authority, but learned that it was not included in the agenda for the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on Wednesday this week.
Brent Council is planning to knock down the Willesden Green Library Centre and replace it with a new cultural hub.
A spokesman for KWG, Kate Spence, said: "Very frustratingly, democratic services have just called to say that the matter of our petition will not be on the agenda for the Scrutiny and Overview Committee on Wednesday. I questioned this decision but there is clearly no intention to include it before the planning application.
"At least the petition demonstrates massive local resistance to the plans which will be very useful for objecting to the demolition of the building formally once the planning process starts. It seems very dismissive that our thoughts regarding the old library are not considered properly before the plans are submitted."
A Brent Council spokesman said: As the next available Full Council meeting is not until July and a planning application for the new building is now being prepared, we have advised the organisers not to wait until then to be heard, as it could be too late. Instead, we have advised that the petition will be considered as a formal objection when the planning application is submitted, and subsequently considered by the planning committee. We want to ensure all views are taken into consideration and the organisers have acknowledged our suggestions.