Meetings to discuss future of local libraries

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THE fight to save four threatened libraries in the Scarborough area is set to intensify this week.

Two public meetings have been scheduled to discuss North Yorkshire County Council’s proposal to close libraries in Eastfield, Scalby, Ayton and Hunmanby, which would trim £2 million from its budget.

The first meeting will be held at Scarborough Library, in Vernon Road, on Wednesday, where officers from the authority’s library service will outline the background to the spending cuts and plans drawn up to deal with them.

The meeting will start at 6pm and local residents will be welcome to give their views on the proposals.

The second meeting will take place at Ayton Village Hall on Saturday, from 10.30am, and has been organised by County Cllr David Jeffels, who represents the Seamer and Derwent Valley division at County Hall.

Cllr Jeffels added: “The Ayton library is well used and highly regarded by not only residents in the villages along the Vale of Pickering but also from those on the A64 such as Ganton and Sherburn.

“It will cause many people, particularly the older generation, considerable inconvenience if they have to use Scarborough Library, not least the weight in having to carry their books.”

“It is vital that such libraries as Ayton’s is retained.”