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Final chance for Sheffield residents to have a say

Greenhill Library which is threatened with closure under council cuts

Greenhill Library which is threatened with closure under council cuts

Sheffield residents are being urged to have their say about the proposed closure of 16 city libraries - as the consultation draws to a close.

The council has faced huge opposition to its plans to axe 16 of the city’s community libraries, leaving just 11 open.

The authority is offering limited financial support to community groups wanting to volunteer to save the other branches.

Sheffield Council says the move is necessary to save money in the wake of unprecedented budget cuts imposed by the coalition Government.

Users of libaries all over the city have been up in arms at the plans.

They include protesters from Greenhill and Totley libraries, who have both launched petitions.

Greenhill Library campaigners have collected 2,963 signatures and Totley 2,849 - and both petitions are to be discussed at a full meeting of Sheffield Council on Wednesday.

A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “We want to hear from everyone, whether or not they use library services.”

The survey can be completed online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraryreview or by calling 0114 273 5299 to request a paper copy.

The survey must be completed by this Friday, January 10.

 

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