Protesters gather to fight library closure

Prostesting about the closure of Stainforth Library are back L-R town cllr Arlene Abbott, 51, Doreen Riggett, 70, both of Stainforth, town cllr Stephen Cook, 57, of Fishlake, Samantha Crank, 39, of Dunscroft, Stuart Bolton, 51, of Stainforth, Mayor of Stainforth David Moore, 65, town cllr Joan Bolton, 73, of Stainforth, John Waggitt, and Chantele Clark, both 21 and of Dunscroft. Front L-R are Nadine Waggitt, 16, and Brian Stennett, 54, both of Stainforth. Picture: Liz Mockler D8218LM

Prostesting about the closure of Stainforth Library are back L-R town cllr Arlene Abbott, 51, Doreen Riggett, 70, both of Stainforth, town cllr Stephen Cook, 57, of Fishlake, Samantha Crank, 39, of Dunscroft, Stuart Bolton, 51, of Stainforth, Mayor of Stainforth David Moore, 65, town cllr Joan Bolton, 73, of Stainforth, John Waggitt, and Chantele Clark, both 21 and of Dunscroft. Front L-R are Nadine Waggitt, 16, and Brian Stennett, 54, both of Stainforth. Picture: Liz Mockler D8218LM

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CAMPAIGNERS continued to fight plans to shut libraries with another well-supported protest.

On Saturday Stainforth Library held a ‘Read-In’ protest against Doncaster Council plans to axe the site in Church Road and several others as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Moorends Library is also being threatened with closure. Altogether nearly half of the borough’s sites could be shut.

Stainforth Town Councillor Stephen Cook said losing the town’s library would have a “detrimental affect” particularly on young people because scores use the service’s facilities for activities and homework.

He said: “We are very, very concerned about the possible closure of this library as well as Moorends.

“Stainforth and Moorends is one of the biggest wards in Doncaster and to lose these two would a huge problem for many residents. It would have a detrimental affect on literacy, these sites provide something for all ages and lots of people use them.

“David Moore, our mayor of Stainforth, has written to mayor Peter Davies asking how can you have a town without a library. It would just make no sense.

“We’ve already lost our HSBC bank on the same street so we cannot lose our library as well.”

A petition with over 1,200 signatures against Stainforth Library’s closure has been handed into Doncaster Council.

But despite several protests taking place across the borough, and a campaign group called Save Doncaster Libraries being set-up following the council proposal, two more sites have been added to the list.

Council bosses have scrapped plans to close Cantley and Conisbrough libraries and have proposed that buildings in Balby and Intake shut.

Mr Davies and his cabinet will discuss plans to reduce the number of libraries in the borough from 26 to 14 tomorrow at the Mansion House at 10am.

The campaign has gathered thousands of support from people including Thorne-born opera singer Lesley Garrett.

Another ‘Read-In’ protest will be held at Moorends Library in Marshland Road, on Saturday, from 11am to 1pm.