Fate of Sheffield’s libraries sealed

Protesters' demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall over libraries ahead of scrutiny meeting.
Protesters' demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall over libraries ahead of scrutiny meeting.
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Hopes of saving Sheffield’s libraries were dashed as the city council voted to press ahead with huge cutbacks to services.

Cabinet members gave plans to cut public funding and axe staff at 15 of its 28 libraries the go-ahead at Sheffield Town Hall today.

A final protest call for a re-think after months of heated debates and petitions proved fruitless as city leaders gave budget proposals the green light.

Under the plans Firth Park, Crystal Peaks, Hillsborough, Ecclesall, Parson Cross, Stocksbridge, Highfield, Chapeltown, Manor, Woodseats, Darnall and Central will remain under council control as ‘hub’ libraries.

Newfield Green, Burngreave, Southey, Woodhouse and Park will be ‘co-delivered’.

Public funding has been made available to help Broomhill, Ecclesfield, Frecheville, Gleadless, Greenhill, Jordanthorpe, Stannington, Totley, Upperthorpe and Walkley run independently for up to three years.

-See tomorrow’s Star for the full report.