Council back-tracks on libraries closure plan

Under-threat libraries in Conisbrough and Denaby have had a stay of execution... after councillors put off taking a decision on their future.

Doncaster Council revealed plans to shut the libraries along with 12 others across the borough, just after Christmas.

Council officers have recommended the closures to save £1.3m. But Cabinet Members – due to discuss the plans last week – deferred the debate to a future meeting.

The closure news – which was delivered to library staff via email – has caused uproar across the community, with business groups and shopkeepers vowing to fight the plans.

A spokesman for business group Conisbrough Forward said: “we are not just going to sit back and do nothing”.

There are now three different petitions circulating in Conisbrough and Denaby in protest at the proposals, which are available to sign in various shops and community centres.

Meanwhile, campaign group “Save Doncaster Libraries” are considering a legal challenge to the plans which they think could be illegal.