Library sales may fall foul of victorian law

West London councils hoping to sell off Library buildings to raise cash may find a victorian statute causing them trouble.

The “Literary and Scientific Institutions Act” of 1854 was designed to encourage wealthy people to give land for charitable purposes and benefit the wider community. It stipulated that, should the buildings cease to be used for the purposes specified at the time of donation, the land would be returned to the original owners according to DTZ, as reported in the FT.

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