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Sheffield group put forward plan to run library

Members of STAND - Stannington and District Library Group - want to take over the running of the library from Sheffield Council.

Members of STAND - Stannington and District Library Group - want to take over the running of the library from Sheffield Council.

Members of a Sheffield community have joined forces in a bid to run their local library after Sheffield Council announced it was facing the axe.

The group of 10, who live in and around Stannington, have put together a bid to take over the library as a community facility.

It is one of 16 libraries threatened with closure by Sheffield Council due to budget cuts.

Bosses have asked community groups interested in running their own libraries to put their names forward.

The group is called STAND – Stannington and District Library Group – and the members have put together a management proposal that will be handed to Sheffield Council chiefs on Friday.

It will be considered along with proposals from similar community groups in other parts of the city.

Group chair Jenny van Tinteren said: “There are lots of disappointed people in Stannington. 
“We have a modern, purpose-built library that is accessible for disabled and elderly people and families.

“If we lose it, this would really hurt the community – especially a big rural one like ours.

“But the council has provided an opportunity for local people to step forward and take on running the library, and is offering a degree of financial support depending on the type of bids received.

“We have formed STAND to take up that challenge. We will meet the council’s first deadline this week, and are already tackling the next stage of the task.”

The library closures are being discussed at a full meeting of Sheffield Council today. Residents have until Friday to comment on the library closures.

n Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraryreview or call 0114 2735299 to have your say.

 

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