Hope for library as fight continues

Protesters are campaigning to keep Outwood library open. Three year old library member Lucy Hill (front) and Karl Grubb (right)

Protesters are campaigning to keep Outwood library open. Three year old library member Lucy Hill (front) and Karl Grubb (right)

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THE fight to save local libraries continued this week as campaigners met with council chiefs.

Karl Grubb, of the supporters of Outwood Library group, SOUL, said his campaign aimed to help others in the fight to save their libraries too.

The group met with Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, sport and libraries on Tuesday, to discuss how Outwood Library could be saved.

Mr Grubb said: “We’re now looking at sustaining a library service in the area rather than saving it. We talked about getting new organisations interested in using it as a base, like charities who might want to base outreach workers there for example.

“It has to have more than one use if it is to survive and if we can get some money behind us from some bigger organisations, we might even be able to build a much-needed new library eventually.”

The Express revealed last month that half of the district’s libraries were under threat following a review of the service by the council.

To save £520,000, it wants to introduce 13 ‘hub libraries’, which will be council run, and 12 satellite libraries, which it wants local groups and organisations to take on, in areas where the service is not doing very well.

Mr Grubb added: “I have offered my help and advice to anyone who wants to save their local library, but nobody has come forward yet.

“I think people don’t have time, and may think it’s a done deal, but we were told consultation does not mean closure.”

Threatened libraries include Altofts, Middlestown, Walton and Kettlethorpe.

To find out more visit www.wakefield.gov.uk or sign Mr Grubb’s petition at http://mg.wakefield.gov.uk/mgEPe titionDisplay.aspx?id=6