Plea to extend deadline for libraries fate

SENIOR councillors are being urged to extend a deadline for communities to save their libraries from the axe after being inundated with pleas to grant the threatened services a reprieve.

A bid is being drawn up by Liberal Democrats on North Yorkshire County Council to save the libraries by giving the public more time to come up with business plans to take on their running.

A motion which has been submitted by Cllr Bill Hoult will be debated at a full council meeting at County Hall in Northallerton tomorrow.

As many as 23 of the authority’s 42 libraries were thought to have been in the running for closure, although the number of sites at risk has now been reduced to eight.

The libraries which could be axed include East Ayton and Hunmanby.