Mayor vows to provide alternatives if branch closures given go-ahead

Doncaster  Mayor Peter Davies.
Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies.
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THE fate of Doncaster’s 14 libraries which are earmarked for possible closure could be decided early next month.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies is due to meet with his cabinet on February 4 to decide what to do over the proposals.

The plans have sparked a wave of opposition and thousands of people have already signed petitions against the closures.

A protest ‘read-in’ is due to take place at Central Library on Waterdale on Saturday.

Mr Davies blamed the possible closures on the previous Labour Government for leaving the economy in a poor state and the current coalition Government for, in his view, giving little thought to the impact the cuts may have on Doncaster’s communities.

He said the cabinet had deferred the decision at the last meeting on January 12 to give it more time to consider “this sensitive issue” more carefully.

Mr Davies said: “We don’t want to take money away from any essential service and I’m doing my level best to protect all frontline work. However, some libraries are very underused and expensive to run and we are looking at imaginative ways of delivering the service differently in certain areas.

“The council is not to blame for the huge jobs cuts which have been forced upon us.

“I’m determined to do my best for the people of Doncaster and wherever possible we will provide alternative library services to compensate for those which are lost.”