Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Several Closures Shelved; Community Reprieves for Some Libraries on Cards

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Several Closures Shelved; Community Reprieves for Some Libraries on Cards

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Byline: SARAH SCOTT

HOPES are high that a number of libraries earmarked for closure in Newcastle can be saved by community groups.

The deadline for groups to put forward proposals to the City Council for taking over libraries under threat was Monday.

And officials said promising proposals to save some of the five libraries threatened with the axe - Jesmond, High Heaton, Dinnington, Moorside and Denton Burn - were received.

Tony Durcan OBE, Newcastle City Council's director of culture, libraries and lifelong learning, said: "Nothing is agreed yet, but we received a positive proposal for Jesmond and we are working closely with a proposal for High Heaton.

"We are also working with Dinnington about the parish council and they asked us to consider setting up a library in the hall.

Park OPEN "Jesmond and High Heaton are interested in maintaining the library service in the existing library building. Dinnington want to move out. We have a meeting with them shortly.

hire vans hills, centre. "That leaves two libraries for which proposals are not well developed, Denton Burn and Moorside."

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2JN com " However, Mr Durcan said he knew the community wanted to do something and they would need to look through the expressions of interest whic have been submitted. He added that he hoped in two weeks the council would be able to announce which libraries would be community-run.

"Wherever possible, we will work with people who are interested to make it work.

"But we cannot support a proposal that does not have a chance of working," he said.

Originally 10 centres were put at risk of closure across Newcastle as part of the city council's PS100m cuts package.

But for Cruddas Park and Fenham libraries agreements to save both have already been reached and will see them become partnership- funded libraries with the help of Newcastle College and Your Homes Newcastle.

Blakelaw, Fawdon and Newbiggin Hall are earmarked to close in 2015. …

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