Campaigners today submitted their bid to run a library that is facing closure.

As part of £83 million cuts made by Harrow Council, councillors voted to close four libraries across the borough, including the North Harrow Library, earlier this year.

After pressure from the community, the council spoke to groups at the end of March and gave them the opportunity to apply to run each library as a community venture.

In North Harrow, campaigners set up a steering group to work on the offer and have now submitted their initial application.

Kamal Shah, chairman of the North Harrow Community Partnership and lead petitioner, said: “We set up a steering group for the North Harrow Library and the group has been working hard to create our business plan.

“This has now been submitted and we hope the council will accept our application and allow us to run the library as a Community Library.

“It would be hard work but we’re pretty confident we can run the library as a success.

“We have made the campaign to save it quite high profile, so hopefully we will have the support from the community it will serve.”

Although libraries were due to close in May under the council’s library plans, this date has now been extended to June 13 to allow campaigners more time to establish a business plan and submit their applications.

Mr Shah added: “Our next task is to make the North Harrow Community aware, so we are holding a ‘Come find out about the North Harrow Community Library’ where people can talk to us and find out our plans for the future.”

The information event will be held on Saturday, May 9 between 11am and 2pm at North Harrow Methodist Church.

Anyone who has an interest in the library is welcome to attend.