Library D-day nears

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COMMUNITY groups have just a few days to make bids to run some of Sheffield’s threatened community libraries.

Up to 14 of the city’s 27 branches face the axe if third parties do not come forward to run them, due to £50 million of Sheffield Council budget cuts.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday.

Ruling Labour councillors faced accusations of ‘ignoring’ a 10,000 signature petition against the closures at this week’s full council meeting.

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, opposition Liberal Democrat group leader, said: “It’s hard to believe Labour simply ignored one of the largest petitions ever presented to the council. Closing libraries is the wrong choice.”

Labour said the Lib Dems had their own plans for cuts to the libraries budget when in power.