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Don’t close Barnsley library

by Dave Gibson
Issue No. 2378

Campaigners in Barnsley held a protest meeting last Saturday and launched a campaign to stop the demolition of Barnsley Central Library.

“This library changed my life. We have got to stop them closing it,” one activist told the 50-strong meeting. 

The local Labour council has announced plans to move the library into an abandoned office building and demolish its building to make way for a new college building.

Local activists saw this as inevitably meaning that the library service would suffer and started campaigning against the demolition. 

We launched a petition and one campaigner alone has collected over 800 signatures in the first week. 

The council has already granted a four week consultation period which was not part of its original plans. 

This shows the potential of the campaign to force it to back down.


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Tue 5 Nov 2013, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2378
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