Walsall plans to slash libraries from 16 to one

Walsall plans to slash libraries from 16 to one

Walsall Council has revealed plans to cut the libraries in the borough from 16 to one in a bid to help make £86m worth of savings, the BBC has reported.

The council will need to make the savings by the end of the 2019-20 financial year.

The authority, a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition, said it had to "look at everything... on the table".

Earlier this year, The Bookseller reported that Walsall Council had earmarked seven libraries for closure – Beechdale, Blakenall, New Invention, Pleck, Rushall, South Walsall and Walsall Wood.

The new proposals would see all branches in the borough close, with only the Central Library in Lichfield Street staying open.