Surrey libraries judicial review now set for March

Surrey libraries judicial review now set for March

The fourth council to be taken to judicial review over library cutbacks, Surrey, now has a hearing scheduled to begin in mid-March.

Campaigners want the review to overturn council plans which could see 10 Surrey libraries turned over to volunteers, with the Surrey Libraries Action Movement claiming consultation over the plan was flawed.

A start date of 19th or 20th March is now expected for the proceedings, following a postponement.

Actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry has supported the SLAM campaign, calling for support for their fundraising on his much-followed Twitter feed. "Do help @surrey_slam fight the good fight for libraries and librarians. Give the price of a book: a fine cause," he tweeted.

Brent campaigners failed to overturn library closures through judicial review, but Somerset and Gloucestershire campaigners were successful in quashing council plans.

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for community services, told local media that a court order to halt the handover of the libraries until after judicial review was, "a particular shame for those volunteers who were looking forward to launching their own community-run libraries."