Library closure petition debate

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SHEFFIELD councillors are to debate a 10,000 signature petition calling for a rethink on library closure plans.

Up to 14 of 27 community libraries in Sheffield could be closed unless community groups or other organisations can be found to run them, as part of £50 million of budget cuts in 2013/14.

Signatures on the petition, to be debated at Wednesday’s full council meeting, have been collected by opposition Liberal Democrats.

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, Lib Dem group leader, said: “I can only hope that Labour council bosses listen to the overwhelming voice of Sheffielders.”

Coun Mohammed said the council could instead save money by cutting full-time trade union posts and Town Hall refurbishment costs.