Two weeks left to have say on library closures

Residents from Wollaston questioned county council representatives on the closure plans on Saturday
Residents from Wollaston questioned county council representatives on the closure plans on Saturday

Residents have just two weeks left to have their say on plans to shut four libraries in the north of the county.

Northamptonshire County Council has earmarked Irchester, Wollaston, Finedon and Danesholme libraries for closure as part of plans to save £68m this year.

Representatives from the county council have now met with residents at each library – the latest meetings took place at Finedon and Wollaston libraries on Saturday.

And now people only have until Tuesday, February 8, to give their views on the county council’s budget proposals, including the library closures.

A final decision will be made at a meeting on February 24.

Margaret Docker, chairman of the Friends of Wollaston library, said the group was “delighted” with the support the village had shown in the fight to save the library.

She said: “We are hopeful of some positive dialogue with Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage and Grace Kempster and we are confident that a combination of their ideas and ours will ensure the long-term security of the village library.”

A county council spokesman said: “Since consultation into our budget proposals was opened in December, we’ve received over 1,800 responses from Northamptonshire residents and over 11,000 hits on our consultation website.”

Lisa Howell, of Beech Crescent, Irchester, said it was important for people to put forward their views on the closure plans.

She said: “It’s really important, it would be so sad if Irchester library closes – it would be a shame if children didn’t get to know what it’s like to go to the library. That library has made it through two World Wars and many recessions, I don’t see what the difference is now.”

To submit your views visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/youchoose, email youchoose@northamptonshire.gov.uk or write to You Choose, Northamptonshire County Council, PO Box 93, County Hall, Northampton, NN1 1AN.