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Councillors sceptical over library volunteers plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 08, 2014

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FEARS are growing that a village library could be forced to close if volunteers can’t be found to take over the reins.

It was announced last month that Barton under Needwood’s library was to be one of 24 run completely by communities as part of a shake-up of services.

But councillors have now raised doubts about whether people will be willing to give up their time to ensure libraries keep going.

Staffordshire County Council has previously promised that no libraries will close, but some remain unconvinced about the future.

Some members of the county council’s opposition Labour group have hit out at the plans, while the decision was also criticised by parish councillors in Barton.

Labour councillor Margaret Astle (pictured) said: “The number of available volunteers is likely to be fewer in the deprived parts of Staffordshire. This will result in the closure of libraries in those areas where they are valued.”

UKIP’s Derrick Huckfield added: “The question that concerns me most is if we can’t get someone to run the libraries will that library close down?”

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