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Four libraries axed in cutbacks

Four libraries are to close in Swindon, Wiltshire, after the council voted to cut funding to save 100,000 from its libraries budget.

At a meeting on Monday evening the council decided proposals to cut front-line staff would not be enough to save the necessary cash.

There are 17 libraries in the town, including a new central library which opened last year.

The cuts include the Old Town Library, despite a campaign to keep it open.

Protester Shirley Burnham said campaigners would continue their work.

"We shall be appealing to the Culture Secretary to call in the [Swindon Borough] council's decision," she said.

Swindon council leader Rod Bluh said in an ideal world cuts, including those to the library service and other areas, would not be considered.

"I would remind people in the last six months alone we've lost 2.2m of income which is the equivalent to a three percent council tax rise," he said.

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