Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Story That's Worth Reading About

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Story That's Worth Reading About

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A LIBRARY is close to being saved after a community group offered to take it over.

Members of the Friends of High Heaton Library have proposed a cash deal to Newcastle City Council to keep the facility open three days a week.

The library was an early casualty of the city council's budget cuts alongside nine others which are due to close at the end of this month.

However, the lifeline thrown by the group of library users and residents should be rubber stamped within the next two weeks by council officials.

Campaigner Dr Lewis Moncrieff, who lives next to the library at Newton Place, said their business model is based on them raising PS25,000 a year and manning it with volunteers.

He said: "It's made us very angry that the library was going to close. We submitted written suggestions to the council on how things could be done differently with their budget but they never made any amendments.

"The library is a basic cultural asset serving 10,000 homes in its catchment area. …

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