Funding promise for Sheffield library facing closure

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Council bosses have promised to safeguard funding set aside to move one of Sheffield’s under-threat libraries to a new home.

In 2010, Sheffield Council agreed to give £300,000 of capital funding towards another venue, after officers highlighted fire risks and a maintenance backlog at the original building.

Plans to move the library from Taptonville Crescent were hit by a number of delays before Broomhill was named among facilities facing the axe in September.

An email from the council’s property department later suggested funding had been pulled – but council bosses have said it is still in place.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for communities, said: “Any decision to reallocate this funding could hinder the community’s attempts to keep it open.”

Broomhill Library Action Group will be canvassing shoppers outside the Eurospar shop on Saturday.