MP Caroline Flint has challenged Doncaster’s Mayor over the scale of the library cuts.
The Don Valley MP has written to Mayor Davies asking for clarity over the criteria for closures and what alternatives have been looked at, including libraries sharing premises with other council services like the Opportunity Centres, or relocating to community centres.
Ms Flint seized on the decision to spare Conisbrough and Cantley libraries:
“Saving branch libraries is to be welcomed, but the Mayor’s policy is falling apart less than a fortnight after his Conservative Cabinet considered the closures.
“It just shows how little thought has been given to the issue. No wonder communities are up in arms about the library closures.”
Warmsworth Library campaigner, Cllr Elsie Butler said:
“The scale of the library closures alone is dreadful.
“The cuts are going too far – and there are four years of cuts to come, this is only the first. And the cuts are being implemented too quickly – leaving no time for people to look for other options.
“It is not much of a Big Society that says to the community ‘here, run this library or it’s closing’.”
PICTURE SHOWS: Earlier this year – Elsie Butler and Caroline Flint branded the proposed closure of Warmsworth Library “the great library murder”.