Skelmanthorpe Library threat: meeting planned to secure library's future

Skelmanthorpe one of 24 Kirklees libraries under closure threat

Skelmanthorpe Library.

A meeting to try and secure the future of Skelmanthorpe Library has been convened.

Skelmanthorpe Library is one of 24 Kirklees Council owned libraries which are under threat of closure because of budget cuts.

Proposals unveiled last month by Kirklees suggested drastic proposals which could see only the main libraries in Huddersfield and Dewsbury remain under council control.

The meeting has been organised by Denby Dale ward Labour councillor Graham Turner.

It takes place at the Savoy Youth and Community Centre, Skelmanthorpe, on August 21 (7.30pm).

Clr Turner said: “It is clear that whatever the outcome of the discussions and consultation that the library service provided by the council will be fundamentally changed and reduced.

“This meeting has been organised simply to see if there is enough public support amongst the local community to start to look at ways of how we might be able to get involved and help provide a library service for future generations.

“So if you value the library, please do your best to attend and help shape the future of your library.”

Kirklees Council faces having to cut its £6.3m library budget to £2.8m by 2017 .

Officers have come up with two options.

Option one will leave just Huddersfield and Dewsbury libraries, plus the home delivery service, with 100 staff losing their jobs.

Option two will save both main libraries, along with a number of smaller community-led library hubs plus the home delivery service, with 60 fewer staff jobs.

Kirklees will need to find an extra £1.4m for option two, but it will still be a 32% cut on its current budget.

Several communities including Meltham and Honley have already announced plans to look at library provision.

 
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