Year's reprieve for Croydon libraries

Six Croydon libraries threatened with closure have been given a 12-month stay of execution.

The six libraries—Sanderstead, Norbury, Shirley, Bradmore Green, Broad Green and South Norwood—will now be guaranteed their funding until April 2012, when the next year's budget is set, the Croydon Guardian reports.

However 23 jobs have already gone in Croydon libraries, saving the council £350,000 a year.

Councillor Sara Bashford, the cabinet member charged with cutting the council's arts and culture spending, said many of the jobs cut were management and specialists positions such as children's librarians, who could comfortably work across more than one library.

"It's going to affect the libraries, but I don't actually think people will see a huge difference," she said.