High Court halts Gloucestershire library closures

High Court halts Gloucestershire library closures

Library closures in Gloucestershire have been halted after lawyers acting for a local resident obtained a High Court injunction prohibiting them.

Gloucestershire Council plans to withdraw funding from 10 of its 38 libraries, while reducing the opening hours of many others. But a vigorous local protest campaign against the closures has led to the launching of a judicial review claim against the closures.

As part of that judicial review claim, law firm Public Interest Lawyers obtained an injunction on Friday (17th June) preventing the council from going ahead with any library closures. The injunction also stops the council from withdrawing funding from any library it currently funds or transferring any library building or mobile library.

Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers said: “The High Court has stopped Gloucestershire County Council’s library cuts in their tracks today. It cannot proceed with closures, and must continue to fund libraries, until the legality of these cuts has been properly decided by the court.”