Upton Library reopens after financial issues

Upton Library.
Upton Library.

Upton Library was forced to close its doors for several days last week because of financial problems.

The community facility, run by Upton North Elmsall Forum (UNEF), could not meet its running costs after a cheque from Upton Parish Council was delayed.

The Waggon Lane library closed on Tuesday, March 31, meaning local youngsters missed a planned Easter activity on April 1.

The forum informed families of the cancelled event through Twitter, saying: “Easter event has been cancelled due having to close our doors at short notice over lack of funding. @upton_library.”

The Express understands several children were left disappointed when they turned up to find the building was closed.

The issue was resolved on Thursday when the payment was made by the council through BACS and the library opened again on Tuesday after the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Wakefield Council offloaded the library in 2012 due to budget cuts and it was taken over by UNEF, which reopened it as a community facility in 2013.

UNEF initially received a share of £100,000 from Wakefield Council but has since been partly funded by grants from Upton and North Elmsall Parish Council.

The council agreed to provide £40,000 over the course of a year in November 2013, one of the financial decisions that led to the resignation of five councillors at the time.

The library tweeted news of its temporary closure saying: “If you see our shutters down don’t despair we hope to re-open as soon as funding from the parish council has been secured #upton #libraries.”