THE fate of New Mill Library is to be reconsidered.

Kirklees Council’s Scrutiny Panel has told the cabinet to reconsider its decision to shut the library.

The panel wants to be sure residents will still have access to computers if the library is replaced with a mobile version.

This will be seen as a victory by protestors, who have campaigned passionately for the library to stay.

The campaigners – including Holme Valley councillors Donald Firth and Ken Sims – say the library is a well-used resource and should be kept.

While the library’s future is far from secure, the fact that the decision is being reviewed will give protestors hope.

It also shows that people’s views are sometimes listened to.

The fact that the closure decision has been called into question should reassure us that our local politicians are accountable and restore a little faith in the democratic process.