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Doncaster Mayor walks out of library cuts meeting
save our library poster
Residents made posters supporting their cause

Residents in Bawtry were left angry and frustrated when the Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies walked out of a public meeting to discuss the future of their library.

Around 150 residents attended the meeting on Wednesday 2 February.

Doncaster Council is considering plans to cut the numbers of libraries in the borough from 26 to 12.

During the meeting Mr Davies said he had never taken a book out of a library, but had borrowed CDs or DVDs.

The Mayor interrupted adults and children and eventually left during a contribution from a union spokesman saying that the meeting had been hi-jacked.

Former head of Doncaster Library Service Gill Johnson also attended the meeting she said: " This was the most inept performance by a politician I have ever seen."

Rachel Hodson who is on Bawtry town council was at the meeting:"I did not think that the Mayor answered any of the questions from residents.

People at the meeting at Bawtry
Around 150 people attended the meeting

"People in Bawtry who need to use the library cannot get to the nearest alternative in Tickhill," she told BBC Radio Sheffield.

One of the people who attended the meeting was 9-year-old Faye, she said that her school uses the library each week "One of our teachers gets in books from Bawtry library each week and reads them out in assembly; if the library closed we would just have the same stories over and over again"

Another resident said: "I think the Mayor is rude. He showed a young teenage girl who was speaking no respect when he shot her down in flames."

Other libraries facing closure are at Carcroft, Stainforth, Edenthorpe, Moorends, Scawthorpe, Wheatley, Warmsworth, Sprotbrough, Bessacarr, Denaby, Rossington, Bawtry, Balby and Intake.

The closure plans were discussed at a Council cabinet meeting on Friday 4 February - read more about the decision here.


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