Labour campaigners have condemned Doncaster's Mayor for ignoring the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which 'called in' his Tory-led Cabinet's decision to close libraries across Doncaster.
Said Labour Group Leader, Sandra Holland: ““The Mayor has no plan B for community-run libraries in Doncaster. This is a very ill thought out decision and if volunteers do not come forward, then the Mayor and his cabinet are condemning these libraries for closure.”
Said Caroline Flint: “The Mayor’s lack of concern about libraries shows how out of touch he and his Tory-led Cabinet are. They show no leadership and no willingness to listen to anyone except themselves. This is a sad reflection on his administration.”
The Mayor's Cabinet has proposed:
Closing two libraries: Carcroft and Denaby Main, which are to be replaced by a mobile service.
Replace paid staff with volunteers at 8 libraries. This is known as "community-led provision".
Four 'self-service'libraries supplemented with "community-led provision".
Among the 12 volunteer-run libraries will be Bawtry, Warmsworth and Rossington.
The Council's Overview and Scutiny Committee had asked that the Mayor's Tory-led Cabinet to reconsider this decision on grounds of inequality. Niether the Mayor, nor nay of the Conservatives in his Cabinet attended to justify the decision. This was delegated to Cllr Thompson, an Independent.
PICTURES SHOW: Bawtry Library, one of the libraries which the Mayor and the Tories want run by volunteers.