Statement on Brentford Library by Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure.
Published: Friday, 9th December 2016
Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “Brentford Library was temporarily closed four weeks ago as a matter of precaution and for an investigation to be carried out, following plaster falling from one of the ceilings in the Children’s section.
“A structural engineer was called in by Carillion, who manage the borough’s libraries on behalf of the Council.
Recommendations from the initial report suggested that remedial works to the ceiling and some further investigations were needed.
“Following the initial structural assessment, Carillion has now asked for a further detailed assessment which is due to be completed on Tuesday [13 December].
“While the investigation is still ongoing, both the Council and Carillion have decided that the library will remain temporarily closed until this has been completed and both parties agree it is safe to re-open.
“Hounslow Council has asked Carillion to continue to escalate the matter urgently so as to not have any further delay than necessary. Both the Council and Carillion apologise for any inconvenience caused to residents and library users while the library is temporarily closed.
“In the meantime, residents and library users can return books and items to any library in Hounslow and can renew items by telephone.