Campaign to save Sheffield library branches hotting up

Nick Clegg and Coun David Baker at Stannington Library

Nick Clegg and Coun David Baker at Stannington Library

Communities fighting to save Sheffield libraries are stepping up their activities.

Today, the Save Totley Library group was hosting a family fun day between 9am and 12noon, to promote use of the library and attract volunteers to help keep it open in future years.

Meanwhile, residents in Greenhill and Frecheville are holding meetings to discuss forming groups to take over their branches.

And an online petition has been launched to keep Broomhill Library open.

The three branches are among 15 which Sheffield Council says will have to close unless third parties come forward to run them.

Dore and Totley Liberal Democrat councillor Colin Ross said: “We we are expecting a good turnout at the fun day, with parents and children from primary schools. Save Totley Library will be recruiting volunteers to help run the branch.”

Meanwhile, Greenhill mum Debbie Hasprey told of events in her area to try to save Greenhill Library.

She said: “There will be a meeting at Greenhill Primary School from 7pm on Tuesday to look at putting together a group to run the library.

“It will be followed by a protest from 3.30pm on Thursday outside the library.”

Broomhill resident Edward Snelsdon has set up an online petition to save the library on Taptonville Road.

More than 800 people have signed up so far.

He said: “The response has been excellent. With further support I believe we can convince the council it is a mistake to close this and other libraries.”

In Frecheville, where the library is also threatened, a meeting is taking place on Wednesday to recruit volunteers to run library services. The event is from 7pm at Frecheville Methodist Church, Smalldale Road.

Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg, who has campaigned against the closures with Coun David Baker at Stannington Library, which is also under threat - accused Sheffield Council’s Labour leadership of ‘political bias’ in choosing which libraries to earmark for closure.

“Just one library in my constituency, at Ecclesall, is to keep its council funding, compared with 10 elsewhere,” he said.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, Sheffield Council cabinet member for communities, said the council wanted to ‘work with community groups to keep branches open’.

■ Visit to sign the Broomhill petition.




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