Bid to save library is hotting up

A MOORENDS councillor has vowed to fight plans to close the town’s library as part of a series of cost-cutting measures.

Councillor Joe Blackham said he was “optimistic” about the Marshland Road library staying open as it was announced a date has been set to decide the fate of 14 of Doncaster’s under-threat libraries.

Proposals to shut 14 of the borough’s 26 libraries will be discussed at a cabinet meeting solely dedicated to the topic at the Mansion House on Friday, February 4.

Coun Blackham said: “There is a great level of uneasiness amongst people about plans to close the library.

“People in the community have really got behind the campaign to keep the libraries open and have been signing petitions.

“I am optimistic that the library can remain open and I think the very suggestion that any of the libraries in the borough should be closed is appalling.”

People from Thorne and Moorends are invited to take part in a read-in protest set to take place on Saturday at Doncaster Central Library. It is organised by Save Doncaster Libraries which is opposing the plans and is aiming to collect more signatures on a petition.

The petition against the council’s plans has already been signed by around 5,000 and it is hoped more signatures will be collected over the weekend.

Campaigners need 10,000 signatures to force the authority into a public debate on the issue.

Save Doncaster Libraries believe that Cantley and Conisbrough, on the original “hit list”, are now safe from the threat of closure.

A senior council source then hinted that the original council report could be amended before it is discussed by the cabinet.

Previous planned meetings had been postponed.

Everyone is welcome to attend Save Doncaster Libraries read-in protest at the Waterdale library between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday. Save Doncaster Libraries is also hoping to organise read-ins of different sizes at every library in the borough on Saturday, February 5 - the day after the cabinet meeting- as part of a national day against library cuts and closures.

For information on how to organise a read-in protest email savedoncasterlibraries@gmail.com or attend Doncaster Central Library on Saturday.

To download and print off the petition visit http://bit.ly/sdlpetition or visit savedoncasterlibraries.wordpress.com