Library leases

Another point of interest on the issue of libraries is the leases currently being signed by the council with the voluntary groups, which I understand are options of five and 25 years.

Can the council confirm that there are break clauses in these to allow it to restaff and take control of these libraries again should funds be made available to employ the necessary staff?

One would hope that the destaffing and hiving off of community libraries to volunteer groups is not simply an attempt to remove yet another service from council control and therefore public scrutiny and accountability.

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It would be good if the cabinet member for the library service could reply specifically on whether such a clause exists in the leases, and when the footfall figures from door sensors at community libraries will be published again for us to see.

Matthew Smith

Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10

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