Battle to save Sheffield libraries

Ecclesfield Library''16 September 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'
Ecclesfield Library''16 September 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'
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Communities are being called upon to fight to save the 15 libraries threatened with closure in Sheffield.

he council has revealed that Broomhill, Burngreave, Ecclesfield, Frecheville, Gleadless, Greenhill, Jordanthorpe, Newfield Green, Park, Southey, Stannington, Totley, Upperthorpe, Walkley, Woodhouse and its mobile library service all face the axe unless volunteers and groups step in to run facilities themselves.

Public consultation into proposals, put together in a bid to help the council cope with millions of pounds worth of budget cuts, launches next month.

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, who represents Broomhill, said: “Local people have overwhelmingly said that they want Labour to keep their hands off our libraries.

“The city faces tough choices but we know that if Labour cut their multi-million pound office makeover, libraries could be saved.

“Thirteen thousand people have already signed our petition and we’ll keep fighting to save as many libraries as possible.”

Ecclesfield Coun Garry Weatherall said: “I don’t want to see any close. It is important people still have access to library services.

“If local volunteers want to form a group and are willing to take over the running of Ecclesfield Library I will be delighted to support them.”