BREAKING: Libraries saved from axe

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Fourteen threatened libraries have been given a stay of execution of up to a year.

Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies has announced they will continue to be funded for up to 12 months while the council looks at alternative ways of running services in the areas they serve.

The matter was due to be discussed by the council’s overview and scrutiny management committee this morning.

Mr Davies says he wants to find community based means of retaining access access to library functions in the areas threatened by closure.

He said: “It was never my wish to close libraries in Doncaster but we are in a very difficult position with the huge budget cuts imposed on us by Government. I have adjusted my budget proposals to allow for more consultation with communities and agree the best way forward for keeping libraries in Doncaster.”

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