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Claims over library closures dismissed

BIRMINGHAM City Council has poured cold water on claims that three Yardley libraries could be facing the chop.

BIRMINGHAM City Council has poured cold water on claims that three Yardley libraries could be facing the chop.

A columnist in the Birmingham Mail - the Solihull News’ sister paper - suggested that libraries at Kents Moat, Glebe Farm and Sheldon were under threat.

But last week, Cllr Jim Whorwood (Lib Dem, South Yardley) dismissed the suggestion that the facilities were going to be axed.

Yesterday (Thursday) evening, councillors were due to discuss future library provision, but the councillor was adamant that cuts were not being planned.

Cllr Whorwood said: “We fully realise the importance of a modern and thriving library service and that’s why we’re looking to improve what is on offer.

“To suggest otherwise is simply a case of ‘scaremongering’.

“Lending books is just one feature of a 21st century library service and we’re looking to offer greater access to online resources.

“This is more important than ever in the current economic climate as people search for jobs or training opportunities online.”

Among the improvements which the council have said are on the agenda are increased opening hours, new technology and more involvement with schools and community venues.

 

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