Library closure petition grows

Bawtry Library. (w110107-3b)
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A HUGE petition has begun against a wave of library closures including the one in Bawtry.

Doncaster Council has revealed a list of 14 libraries under threat of closure as the local authority tries to balance its books.

Dozens of managerial and frontline jobs are expected to be clashed, with volunteers taking over some roles, of the closure programme gets the go-ahead.

The matter was due to go before the council’s cabinet last week but was deferred before the meeting started.

The council hopes to save in the region of £1.25million from the loss of at least 30 jobs in the first year, plus another £140,000 saved in the cost of running premises.

Campaigners are circulating petitions and plan to have 10,000 signatures in place as soon as possible to force a public debate on the proposals.

They already have over 3,000 names on a petition.

Save Doncaster Libraries campaign spokeswoman Lauren Smith said the group was looking into whether the closures would breach the Public Libraries and Museums Act and the Education Act.

“We are getting several hundred signatures a day. People are absolutely outraged about this,” she added.

The petition can be downloaded and printed by logging onto http://bit.ly/sdlpetition and the group is urging people to circulate it widely around their local areas.

Doncaster Council said no decision had yet been made on closures.