THE Mayor of Doncaster is to come face to face for the first time with protesters angry at the proposed closure of their local library.
Peter Davies and a Cabinet colleague have agreed to attend a meeting to discuss the future of Bawtry Library, one of 14 across Doncaster named on a list to be closed due to falling numbers.
But Bawtry is acknowledged to be one of the busier libraries and appears to have been put on the hit list because of its close proximity to Tickhill Library.
Bawtry Town Council has been told the Mayor and Cabinet member Coun Cynthia Ransome will attend a public meeting in the town on Wednesday.
The meeting has been called at short notice because the closure issue will be discussed at the Doncaster Council Cabinet meeting on Friday.
It will be held in the Phoenix Theatre, Station Road at 7pm because the New Hall has been booked and some residents are predicting it will be packed out.
Bawtry husband and wife Glyn and Maggie Morgan are determined to do all they can to try and save the library and are trying to enlist support from residents.
They have organised a demonstration outside the library starting at 11am today and have had some ‘Hands off our Library’ banners made, as well as distributing posters around the town.
Mrs Morgan said: “We are appalled that anyone could think of closing our beautiful library. This will rip the heart out of our wonderful community. Bawtry Library is well loved and much used. It serves a large area and a population of all ages. It is not just a library but also a communal facility that belongs to our town.
“It is a crime that this facility could even be considered for closure.
“Alternative libraries such as Tickhill cannot be reached by bus and Doncaster Central library is 10 miles away.
“If libraries close they will be gone forever along with all the books. The damage will never be repaired.”