‘Save our library’

Ackworth library action group. The library is threatened with closure.'L to R) Jean Hammond, David Hammond, Roger Brown, Sarah Balfour.'p8770a220
Ackworth library action group. The library is threatened with closure.'L to R) Jean Hammond, David Hammond, Roger Brown, Sarah Balfour.'p8770a220

CONCERNED campaigners in Ackworth have vowed to save their library from the axe.

The Save Ackworth Library group has pledged to fight proposals – which the group claims are due to be considered by Wakefield Council in July – to withdraw funding from the village library.

Sarah Balfour, group member, said the parish council had offered to waive rental fees on the building and was now urging residents to write to the council showing support for the campaign.

She said: “Closing the library would mean people who currently use the service just wouldn’t use a library at all. Closing it would mean the loss of a focal centre in the village.

“We’ve got little else here and we want the council to run it.”

The group will be at the Co-op supermarket on Barnsley Road on Saturday seeking support from shoppers for their campaign.

Lisa Dodd, service director for culture and sport, said: “At the present time there are no proposals to close any libraries in the district, including Ackworth library.

“A public consultation into the future of the library service ended in December and the results are currently being considered before any decisions are made.

“This includes the information received from Ackworth Parish Council. We have met the group and are working with them to help develop their proposals.”

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