Gloucestershire campaigners await judicial review hearing

Gloucestershire campaigners await judicial review hearing

A court hearing to decide whether permission will be given for a judicial review to proceed against Gloucestershire library cuts is to take place in Birmingham tomorrow (Thursday 7th July). If allowed to proceed, the judicial review claim will be the first such action in the battle against library closures.

Despite a High Court injunction banning any library closures or asset transfers in the county as part of the judicial review claim, Gloucestershire council has now published plans for nine libraries which it intends tor transfer to community groups, including Bream, Brockworth, Lechlade, Matson, Mitcheldean and Painswick.

A spokesperson for the council said no decision would be made until after Thursday's hearing.

Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries campaigner Nancy Graham said the group was eagerly awaiting the judge's decision. "We are frustrated that Gloucestershire County Council has so far ignored the views of the county's residents, especially those who will be hardest hit if their library plans go ahead," she commented.