BREAKING NEWS: Council u-turn will see all libraries in Northamptonshire saved from closure

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ALL of the eight libraries in Northamptonshire that were destined to be closed as part of the county council’s £73 million budget saving cuts are expected to be saved from the chop.

Just after 10am on Tuesday morning, the authority published details of new plans for its budget which have been drawn up in response to public feedback for the original plans.

They said the council would reduce the libraries savings proposal by £147,000, with the result being “that no library will close at this point”.

The authority has however pointed out there will still be a “fundamental review of the library service to make it fit for the twenty-first century”.

St James resident Graham Croucher, who has been campaigning to save St James Library, which was one of those earmarked for the chop, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that common sense has prevailed.

“But the work starts now to protect the libraries in the future, because these proposals will come back then, I’m sure.”

Other libraries which will now be safe from the axe include those in Woodford Halse, Roade, Moulton, Finedon, Irchester, Danesholme and Wollaston.