Were we deceived or were we just
blinded by the facts we were told.
We were told at many a meeting, public and otherwise, that we would have a landmark library in North Finchley. The fine people of Friern Barnet were told they had to see the greater good. That the closure of their beloved library was part of a bigger and better plan.
We were led to believe that this landmark library, the merger of North Finchley and Friern Barnet at the artsdepot, would be an event, marking an important stage a turning point into something big and shiny.
Today we heard that this is not to be. The merger of both libraries into a landmark provision in the Theatre will not be happening. Now there are many definitions of a merger one would be the absorption of a lesser estate into a greater one or the consolidation of two corporations into a better one. Sadly it appears what we have is a blend of something that will become indistinguishable from what it was and what we were promised.
At times we outgrow acquaintances, principles and even our libraries even before they have worn out. But worst before we even have new ones. In this casw we appear to have nothing.
Is it any wonder people feel mislead and deceived.
What now for our libraries? When will the so called improvements happen at North Finchley Library? What will be the cost? AND what has been the cost to date of this omnishambles to the tax payer and our children?
'Tis well to borrow from the good and great;
'Tis wise to learn; 'tis God-like to create!
— The Library
John Godfrey SAXE (1816-1887)