Two thirds of Suffolk libraries face closure

Two thirds of Suffolk libraries face closure

<p>Campaigners have slammed the decision to close two thirds of libraries across Suffolk county council as &quot;absolutely appalling&quot;.</p><p>In one of the most stringent cuts seen to date, the <a href="http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk_two_thirds_of_county_s_libraries_faci... target="_blank" title="http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk_two_thirds_of_county_s_libraries_faci... Anglian Daily Times reports 29 libraries are facing closure as the council tries to save 30% of its &pound;9m library budget</a> over the next three years. It launched a consultation exercise yesterday to find parties willing to come forward and run the threatened libraries.</p><p>Judy Terry, county councillor responsible for libraries, said: &ldquo;We are hoping that people will come forward with their ideas but the fallback position is that if we don&rsquo;t get those responses, then 29 libraries do have to close.</p><p>&ldquo;As a child I used to spend every Saturday afternoon in my local library right up until my teens, but we do have to be realistic and realise we can&rsquo;t continue operating on the same basis as we have done in the past.</p><p>&ldquo;We are in a different financial environment and all councils and the government are having to make very significant savings.&rdquo;</p><p>Campaigner Roger Mackay said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s my worst fears confirmed &ndash; I think it&rsquo;s absolutely appalling.<br />&ldquo;Libraries are an important part of the fabric of every community and I think it&rsquo;s devastating that they should say 29 face closure.&quot;</p>