Kirklees radical libraries shake-up is to go under the spotlight.
The decision to overhaul the service – with the loss of at least 88 jobs – was made last month.
The controversial plan will see just eight ‘town libraries’ remain as full-time, fully staffed operations.
Two will close and 16 smaller ‘community libraries’ will be run by volunteers with the support of one Kirklees Council employee.
The decision was authorised by the council’s cabinet on September 22.
But Liberal Democrat councillors unhappy with the decision have now requested it be looked at again by the council’s scrutiny committee.
Councillors can ‘call in’ a decision for review if they think that the decision has been made without considering all the information or if it goes against the council’s constitution.
The Lib Dems’ call in lists a number of concerns with the decision making process.
They include: no evidence to support the chosen opening hours for libraries, no consideration to the geographical spread of libraries, no criteria given about the expectations of those who volunteer and no justification on how libraries were classed as town or community.
The move means any changes to re-shuffle libraries are on hold until the outcome of the overview and scrutiny committee meeting on Friday, October 23.
The committee does not have the power to overturn the decision. However, having considered the evidence at the hearing it can recommend that the Cabinet consider amending the decision.
The meeting is expected to last for most of the day and a decision will be given on the day.
It will take evidence from councillors concerned about the decision and the cabinet members behind it.
There will be an opportunity for residents and other interested parties to contribute.
Contributors can either register to speak at the meeting by calling 01484 221000 (ask for Governance & Democratic Services Team). This needs to be done by 5pm on Thursday, October 22.
Written information can be submitted to the Governance & Democratic Services Team, Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TG or by emailing email@example.com by 5pm on Tuesday, October 20.