Library protests step up

THOUSANDS have signed petitions against a wave of Doncaster library closures as protests have stepped up.

Petitions are circulating around the borough and campaigners are planning to have 10,000 signatures in places as soon as possible to force a public debate on proposals to close 14 branch libraries.

The matter was due to go before Doncaster Council cabinet yesterday, but was deferred before the meeting started. One cabinet member told the Star there was concern over some of the details of the officers report.

Campaigners have taken to the streets and already have 3,000 names on a petition against the closures.

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.

She added: "We are getting several hundred signatures a day. People are absolutely outraged about this. Bawtry town council feels the council has failed to consult them."

Her group is planning a protest read-in on Saturday January 29 from 1pm until 3pm. A number of writers have been invited to the event.

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.

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