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Redundant libraries to go under the hammer

(Front - back) Christine Thompson, Cynthia Edwards and Pete Quinlan, all of Rossington are all volunteers at Rossington Library. Picture: Andrew Roe

(Front - back) Christine Thompson, Cynthia Edwards and Pete Quinlan, all of Rossington are all volunteers at Rossington Library. Picture: Andrew Roe

Two of Doncaster’s shut down libraries are due to be sold later today.

The libraries at Carcroft and Rossington are being offered for sale by Doncaster Council in separate lots at a property auction in Sheffield this afternoon.

The biggest site, covering nearly two-thirds of an acre on a corner plot, is Rossington Library and housing office, on McConnell Crescent, which has a guide price of between £75,000 and £100,000 and is listed as having potential for redevelopment.

Carcroft Library, on Skellow Road, is believed to be worth about £75,000 and is said to be ‘in need of refurbishment’.

Both buildings were emptied of books after the first round of major council cutbacks in 2012, when the local authority ceased funding 14 libraries across the borough.

Volunteers now run a community library at the Holmescarr Centre in Rossington.

Peter Dale, director of regeneration and environment at Doncaster Council, said: “These properties are surplus to the council’s requirements, currently vacant, and costing the taxpayer in holding costs such as rates, security, maintenance and inspections.

“As part of ongoing work to rationalise our property portfolio, these sites were identified as being suitable for auction.”

 

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