Volunteers looking to run libraries

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COMMUNITY groups and volunteers are coming forward with plans to keep libraries open in a Yorkshire city, a senior councillor has revealed.

Sheffield City Council confirmed a number of groups have been on a fact-finding mission to Wakefield over the weekend to see how this can be done.

The cabinet member for communities and inclusion, Coun Mazher Iqbal, said: “It is fantastic to see such groups coming forward and I really take heart in people grasping this challenge and stepping up to the mark like this to help keep their community libraries open.

“It is no secret that the council has been hit with the deepest cuts in recent years but we are thoroughly committed to seeing as many of our libraries remain open as possible and we are doing all we can to work with communities to help achieve this.”

The council is keeping 12 libraries open but is also hoping five more can be retained by becoming community-led.