Sheffield library to ‘change hands’ a year later than planned

Burngreave Library''16 September 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
Burngreave Library''16 September 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
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A library Sheffield Council relinquished control of to save cash is finally set to change hands – a year after it was due to do so.

Burngreave Library is the only one of 15 facilities the council decided to hand over that is still being run by the local authority.

The remaining 14 have been run by volunteers since September.

The council has paid for extra staff to run the library since April – at a total cost of £5,016 so far. It says the delay was because it did not receive a ‘viable business plan.’

Now the authority says an unnamed ‘third sector organisation’ is interested in running the library and it is likely to take over from September.

Coun Isobel Bowler, council cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “We have kept Burngreave Library open until volunteers take over running the branch. This has taken more time than other branches as we did not receive a viable business plan.

“We now have a third sector organisation that would like to run the library and it is developing a business plan. It will be involving the Friends of Burngreave Library in the plans as they develop.

“The plan is the library will transfer hands in September.”