‘No shambles here’ says Kirklees libraries chief
CAMPAIGNERS bidding to save Kirklees’ libraries have held another protest.
Earlier this year the council revealed a controversial proposal to remove employees from seven village libraries around Huddersfield.
Officials had hoped that volunteers would come forward to take over the centres.
An 8,000 strong petition against the idea was handed to councillors and the leader of the group, Suzanne Dufton, told councillors their plan just didn’t add up.
Following the consultation the idea appears to have been shelved, but no formal decision has yet been revealed.
Reacting to criticism about the consultation, Kirklees’ resources chief, Clr Shabir Pandor, told the meeting they had no intention of getting volunteers to run libraries and that the consultation had been misinterpreted by the media.
He said: “The plan was never to get volunteers to run the whole thing.
“There’s not been a shambles, a mess up or any kind of a cock-up here.
“We’ve always been very clear that it was a consultation.
“There’s been a lot of misinformation that I’m not responsible for.”