Vow to save village library

Ackworth library action group. The library is threatened with closure.'L to R) Jean Hammond, David Hammond, Roger Brown, Sarah Balfour.'p8770b220
Ackworth library action group. The library is threatened with closure.'L to R) Jean Hammond, David Hammond, Roger Brown, Sarah Balfour.'p8770b220
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Campaigners in Ackworth have vowed to save their library - as a decision still awaits on the future of many of the district’s sites.

The Save Ackworth Library group has pledged to fight proposals – which are due to be considered by Wakefield Council in July – to withdraw funding from the village library.

Sarah Balfour, group member, said the parish council had offered to waive rental fees on the building and has urged residents to write to the council showing support for the campaign.

She said: “Closing the library would mean people who currently use the service just wouldn’t use a library at all. Closing it would mean the loss of a focal centre in the village. We’ve got little else here and we want the council to run it.”

The group will be at the Co-op supermarket on Barnsley Road on Saturday seeking support from shoppers for their campaign.

The authority decided to cut funding to the service last year and carried out a consultation in September asking residents what they wanted to see change at their local branch.

Hemsworth Library on Market Street, and South Elmsall Library on Barnsley Road will continue to be run by the authority as hub libraries.

But Upton, Kinsley, South Kirkby, Ackworth and Havercroft libraries are at risk of closure if another organisation does not come forward to take them on.

Lisa Dodd, Wakefield Council’s service director for culture and sport, said: “At the present time there are no proposals to close any libraries in the district, including Ackworth, Upton, Kinsley, South Kirkby and Havercroft libraries.”

She said the council was still awaiting findings from the consultation and no decisions to the future of the libraries had been made.