Communities are rallying round to save their local libraries.

Meetings are being held to discuss the future of both Almondbury Library and Lindley Library.

Residents have taken the first steps to saving the library services in the two areas.

Kirklees Council faces having to find £69m of cuts over the next three years - leaving the possibility of only libraries in Huddersfield and Dewsbury, plus the home delivery service if the community doesn’t step forward.

 

Clr Phil Scott, Almondbury Lib Dem, said the community needed to rally round to help: “The threat to both libraries in the ward is very real and as a community we need to meet to discuss what we want to do.

“The first meeting focuses on Almondbury Library and it will give people from the village the chance to hear what the council has to say and to talk together about how we as a community want to respond.”

The Almondbury meeting takes place on Saturday September 20 between 10am and midday at the Wesley Centre, next to the Library, on Stocks Walk.

The three ward councillors, Clr Phil Scott, Clr James Blanchard and Clr Linda Wilkinson, also want to find a way to save Lepton Library, which is in the ward, although no meeting has been arranged for that yet.

Meanwhile, Lindley residents have also met to discuss future options to save library services.

Clr Mark Hemingway, Lindley Conservative, said: “It was a well attended meeting which was encouraging, but that doesn’t surprise me because Lindley Library is well supported.

“It’s a well-used library by people of all ages and members of the community have shown an interest and I hope we can come up with a positive outcome.”

Clr Hemingway is urging residents to have their say on the consultation adding: “People need to advise the council what they want, the Cabinet are asking people if they would pay more council tax to keep services, I hope people will get involved and we get something positive for Lindley.”