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Residents fight library axe plan

Residents in Nottingham campaigning to save their local library have complained they have been kept in the dark by the city council.

Officials are considering the future of Wilford and Beechdale libraries as part of wider money-saving cuts.

A community group in Wilford has been offered the building and site for just £10 - but claims the council has not discussed details of the deal.

The council said no final decisions would be taken until March.

'Proper decision'

Residents want to either keep the library or build a new community facility on the site, but said they felt the decision to shut it down completely had already been made.

An offer to sell the site and building, which needs urgent maintenance, for £10 has not been backed up with advice, support or funding, they have claimed.

Stephanie Taylor, from the village community group for Wilford, said: "We have got a million and one questions for the council.

"We haven't had a real conversation with them about the reasons for this and the details of a sale like that.

"We would like them to demolish the building for us, for example, but we don't know if they would be willing to do that.

"We want to bend their ears, ask them lots and lots of questions and then we want to be in a position to make a proper decision about what we do and how we do it."

The council has said it is aiming to have fewer but better community facilities and - while it makes no secret of that fact it is considering closing the library - it is committed to consulting fully with the public.

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