Graves Art Gallery could be axed in £84 million cuts

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GRAVES Art Gallery could be the highest-profile casualty of Sheffield Council’s proposals to make £84 million of cuts over the coming year, The Star can reveal.

A second respite care home - Kirkwood, used by elderly people - is also facing the axe along with Rushey Meadow for disabled children, the closure of which has already been revealed, writes Richard Marsden.

Other plans involve cutting park ranger numbers from 22 to 16, axing 25 Police Community Support Officers, slashing mobile libraries from four to one, and increasing charges for parking and social services.

Sandra Newton, chair of Museums Sheffield - which runs Graves Gallery - insisted “no firm decisions” have been made but said absorbing the £328,000 cut in its £2.3 million annual council funding would be “almost impossible without reducing services”.

For full story, reaction and more, see The Star on Wednesday.