Volunteers keep Cantley library open

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Cantley library will remain open in its current venue after residents rallied round to keep it running.

Residents from the area were given three months to develop a business plan to sustain the library in its current venue.

The plan that was approved at the cabinet meeting identifies income and market potential along with seeking future funding for the repair and uplift of the building.

The residents have also formed a limited company and recruited almost 60 volunteers who will manage and provide the service with support from the Council.

Councillor Joe Blackham, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Neighbourhoods, said: “We have worked with the community from the very start of these proposals and have carefully listened to all their views. We are delighted that residents have been so forthcoming and we currently have 57 volunteers who have signed up to give their time so the library can continue to serve the public.”

Brian Peach, a Director of Cantley Community Library Ltd added: “During February I attended public consultation meetings at the library and saw the passion that existed for the library to remain at its current site. Cantley Community Library Ltd now has a bank of willing volunteers undergoing training with the intention of taking over the library on 1 September.

“We will continue to seek funds to complete the work and I ask anyone who is able to provide sponsorship, or give their help with repairing the building, to contact Cantley library.”

The library will be reviewed in a year’s time to monitor the success of the funding applications and initial building works conducted.

If you are interested in volunteering to work in your local library please email volunteer@doncaster.gov.uk or visit your local volunteer-managed library.