Campaigners believe two Doncaster libraries may be off the planned closure list

John Sheppard, Lois Hubbard (centre) and Joyce Sheppard,  pictured outside Doncaster Central Library, collect signatures for a petiition to fight the proposed closure of 14 branch libraries
John Sheppard, Lois Hubbard (centre) and Joyce Sheppard, pictured outside Doncaster Central Library, collect signatures for a petiition to fight the proposed closure of 14 branch libraries
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CAMPAIGNERS fighting a wave of planned library closures in Doncaster hope two sites may be taken off the hit list.

Organisers of the Save Doncaster Libraries Campaign understand Cantley and Conisbrough Libraries are being reconsidered by the council, and could stay open,

Doncaster Council says no decisions have been made and refused to comment on the issue.

A council report published this month proposed the closure of 14 libraries, and was due to go before Doncaster Council’s cabinet earlier this month.

It was taken off the agenda before the meeting and no date has yet been set for the report to be considered.

Lauren Smith, one of the organisers of the Save Doncaster Library’s Campaign said people had been queuing up to sign petitions against the closures since the announcement.

She said: “We have 4,000 people that I know have definitely signed. We had 4,000 in the last week, and that included 500 in the town centre at the weekend.

“People were queuing up to sign and we were struggling to keep up with demand.

“People have been getting in touch asking us where they can return copies of the petition that they have downloaded off our website as well, so there could be many more names.

“But we have heard that they may not be closing Cantley and Conisbrough. We have to keep going with our efforts for all of them.”

Politicians have raised their concerns over the plans, including Labour leader Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North.

He visited three of the libraries in his constituency that have been listed for closure and met with local councillors and community activists who are campaigning to stop the proposed closures.

He said: “These closures are being proposed because the cuts being imposed on Doncaster by the coalition Government in Westminster are too far and too fast.

“I have talked to people in Stainforth, Sprotbrough and Scawthorpe. The Mayor has clearly not listened to people before suggesting these changes. He should think again.”

Council Labour leader Coun Sandra Holland said the speed and severity of the cuts to be made had left little time for proper public consultation or for any meaningful discussion and planning about alternative provision.

Log onto http://bit.ly/sdlpetition to download the Save Doncaster Libraries campaign petition.