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Fresh fight to save Doncaster library

Bessacarr Library.

Bessacarr Library.

A library which survived Doncaster Council cuts and was taken over by volunteers just a year ago is facing a new threat to stay open.

The fight is on to save Bessacarr Library which was spared the axe 18 months ago when volunteers stepped in.

But Doncaster Council has unveiled plans to merge Cantley and Bessacarr libraries, with both buildings closing to be transferred to a new combined base – which could be in the community centre on Goodison Boulevard.

The move is currently under consultation but library campaigners have reacted angrily.

Lynne Coppendale, of Save Doncaster Libraries, said: “This is a real kick in the teeth for the people who volunteered to take over its running.

“The whole idea of creating community libraries was to preserve them and now the council has gone back on its word of saying it would support people.”

Bessacarr Library, which is off Alston Road, will go under the proposals, part of budget cuts announced by Mayor Ros Jones earlier this year.

The switch will mean people having to make a round trip of two miles to use the new facility.

Fellow campaigner Doug Wright said: “The argument is that it will save on running costs but hundreds of people a week use Bessacarr Library and I think the actual difference is minimal.”

A council cabinet report discussed last week said: “The council will continue to explore options.

“This will include buildings being used more efficiently through a merger of the Cantley and Bessacarr sites.”

 

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